Parents of 3-year-old Jude Horman are calling Capt. Jake Beck a hero -- their hero. The off duty firefighter was swimming with his family at the Cranberry Farms neighborhood pool on June 13 when people started yelling, "Jake, save him."
He was handed the young boy who had been found at the bottom of the pool, where he had been for 3 to 5 minutes.
"After grabbing Jude, I remember screaming Jake's name. I knew Jake was the only person there who could save Jude's life," mother Hillary Horman said, according to a news release from the city. After determining that Jude still had a pulse, the firefighter began giving assisting respirations and back blows in an attempt to clear the water from Jude's stomach. Receiving no response, he began administering CPR, with the help of bystander Kelsey Jorgensen. "Jake never let Jude touch the ground," Hillary Horman said. "He held [Jude] through the entire process, as he would have done for his own son. He continued whispering to him, 'Come on buddy. Come on Jude,'" she said.
After receiving CPR, Jude Horman opened his eyes and began to breath. A few minutes after the resuscitation, paramedics arrived and took Jude to Primary Children's Medical Center. He was held at Primary Children's for observation, and his parents were told that there is a 99.9 percent chance that Jude will recover without further complications. Beck said he is grateful that he was on hand to provide assistance. "I am prouder than ever to call myself a firefighter and to serve the residents of Lehi City," he said in the news release. Beck will be recognized for his actions by the Lehi Fire Department in coming weeks.