Rescue: Brad Hassig was rescued by his 10-year-old sons from drowning in a swimming pool in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama – Brad Hassig is still emotional as he tells of the day he nearly drowned in a pool in Alabama and not just because he could have died.

Hassig is also filled with pride for his rescuers – his own young sons.

“You never know if you’ll ever have to go through it,” Hassig said. “It’s scary. It’s really scary.”

Hassig is swimming in his backyard pool with his 10-year-old sons, Bridon and Christian, and their friend Sam Ebert.

“I like to practice breathing. It’s just, it’s peaceful and relaxing. I like being in the water. I say God’s prayer when I do this. It’s a kind of meditation. I don’t remember finishing it.” , Hassig said .

Hassig did not react and the boys began to act.

“He used to sit like he was meditating. I could see him shaking, then he just lay on his side. I said to Bridon, ‘Daddy’s not okay,'” Christian said.

Bridon said: “Sam and I went into the water, I had one shoulder and he grabbed the other. And we were like we wanted to drag him up the stairs.”

While Christian runs for help, Bridon begins to resuscitate his father.

“First I gave him a little CPR and then I started giving him my mouth and then he started foaming, salt water and bloody,” Bridon said.

“It was like I just got hit on the body. And when I arrived, I was coughing. Ya know? Just coughing up blood and water. Difficulty breathing. And there were people everywhere,” Hassig said.

He said he heard a son shouting, “Daddy, daddy, come back!”

Hassigg was taken by ambulance to Grandview’s emergency room, where he was admitted to the cardiac ICU. He was released 24 hours later.

“I mean the emotions just overwhelm you when your boys saved your life. It’s not physically possible that they could have done what they did. They weren’t trained to do those things. What they did. To act so fast. To run so fast. To know how to take someone down, call 911 while the other person is giving you CPR. I mean, it’s just, it’s a one. God’s thing,” Hassig said.

The boys were never taught how to save someone’s life. They say they learned from watching the movie.

“When he got home, it had to be the happiest moment of my life,” Christian said.

“I probably held him for two minutes straight like I didn’t want to let go,” Bridon said.

“I love them. And I’m so proud of them and grateful. I will be grateful for the rest of my life,” Hassig said through tears. Rescue: Brad Hassig was rescued by his 10-year-old sons from drowning in a swimming pool in Alabama

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