Police credited with saving man found lifeless in pool


Published: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 11:25 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, May 10, 2013 at 9:43 p.m.

Two Gainesville Police Department officers are being credited with saving the life early Friday of a man pulled lifeless from an apartment complex pool.

Officers Ryan Foster and Miguel Bekkevold responded at 2:24 a.m. to Spyglass Apartments, located at 701 SW 62nd Blvd., after receiving reports of a possible drowning.

Ronnie Josh Davis, 22, had entered the pool and was swimming before he started flailing and went under, police reported, citing surveillance video from the complex. He was under water for about 2 minutes before a friend noticed and pulled him out, police said.

CPR was being given to Davis by another man and woman when the officers arrived, and they took over until paramedics arrived, police reported. Davis was not breathing and unresponsive when he was transported to North Florida Regional Medical Center, though he was revived at the hospital.

Paramedics credited the officers with saving Davis' life.

Officer Foster, however, said the credit has to start with the two people who were giving Davis CPR when the officers arrived. They had been trying to revive Davis for several minutes before officers arrived, Foster said, after which the officers administered CPR for 5-10 minutes before he was taken to the hospital.

"In regards to myself and Officer Bekkevold, we are trained to do it," as is every officer at GPD, Foster said of their performing CPR. "It just happened to be our turn to do it."

Davis remained in the intensive care unit at NFRMC late Friday night, but GPD spokesman Ben Tobias said Davis had improved enough that he had opened his eyes.

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