It was a "kind of surreal" week for Augustin Arreguin.
The San Antonio cable guy was about to make his next scheduled service call last Tuesday when he heard cries coming from the Winding Creek Apartment Homes pool area. Arreguin came running and found a boy desperately in need of help.
Fast forward to this past Friday, and Arreguin was honored by his employer, the city of San Antonio, and the American Red Cross for some quick thinking that saved seven-year-old Moses Pearsall's life, mysanantonio.com reports.
“It's been quite a few days,” the 30-year-old Time Warner cable installer and repairman said at the ceremony. “I can joke about being a hero, but seriously, I still feel like I'm just me.”
Arreguin's CPR training as a adoptive parent gave him the courage to treat Pearsall until the paramedics arrived.
"His face was all blue. It was pretty bad," Arreguin told KENS-5 following the incident. "All I could picture was my own son -- he's 6 and almost the same size -- and that this was the worst thing that could happen."
Arreguin's fast thinking made all the difference for Pearsall, who doctors say has fully recovered without suffering any brain damage.
Mike Bennett, chief executive of the American Red Cross' San Antonio Area Chapter, praised Arreguin's confidence during a tense moment.
"I think everybody wants to help," Bennet said, according to KSAT. "No one wants to just panic and run crazy from the scene, but most folks are very concerned that they'll hurt the person, because they're not sure what to do."
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