A deputy with the Erath County Sheriff’s Department and paramedics with the Erath County Volunteer Fire Department are credited for saving the life of a 3-year-old child who nearly drowned Saturday in his family’s swimming pool.

The child and his 5-year-old brother had been swimming in the pool earlier in the day. Later, when the family was back inside the home, the child’s mother, Sharon Goodman, noticed the child was missing, Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant said.

The mother, he said, went outside and checked the shallow end of the pool and didn’t see the child, then headed to a barn about 40 yards away to look for him.

“She was calling his name and when she didn’t find him at the barn, she went back to the pool,” Bryant said.

“That’s when she saw him lying on the bottom of the deep end.”

The mother then jumped in to save him and called 911.

Deputy Randy Fowler was the first to arrive at the scene and assisted the mother in administering CPR.

ECVFR Chief Kenneth Howell said when paramedics arrived at the scene, the child “was clinically dead.”

“He was not breathing and he was in really bad shape,” Howell said. “But by the time we got him on CareFlite, we had his heart rhythm back.”

The child was transported to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth. His condition is unknown, but authorities said he is alive and doing better than expected.

“The last we heard is that the child was sitting up and talking,” Howell said. “And that’s a miracle in itself.”

Sara Vanden Berge covers courts, law enforcement, and business and political issues for the Empire-Tribune. She can be reached at sara.vandenberge@empiretribune.com. Her work number is 968-2379, ext. 240.