06/01/2015 9:04 PM
Neighborhood Hero courtesy of
Brandy Wiederholt State Farm Insurance
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Saturday, May 30th's Heroes were nominated by Lauren Frank. They are Cheryl Miester, and Officer Jeff Pearl.
“In 2002, I was staying with my mother Cheryl, as i had just had a new baby and needed some help. My son was 2 years old at the time, and a very adventurous little boy. My mother was in the process of having a new swimming pool put in, and everyone was excited.
A little after 6am, my mother heard her dog barking and after a few seconds, realized the dog was not in the house. She went to check on her, and found the back door open. My son had apparently just learned how to open it on his own. What my mother found will forever stay in her memory. My son was under the water, in the deep end. She yelled for me, and pulled him out. She immediately started CPR as I called 911. She remained calm and did everything she could to get him to come back to us. I have no idea where her strength came from, as I couldn't hold myself together.
The first Officer to arrive was Jeff Pearl. We had actually went to high school together, so seeing him immediately gave me a sense of hope. He took my son from me, and started CPR on him. After what felt like forever, he brought my son back to me.
I know many years have passed, but Officer Pearl has stopped in to check on my son several times throughout the years. If we ever see him out and about, he is quick to give a hug and offer my now 15 year old son a hand shake. He will forever be our hero.
My mom still has her pool, and while my son was in the hospital recovering, our family pulled together and put motion sensor locks on the doors and an motion alarm in the pool. No kids are allowed near the pool until the have their life jacket on, or are with an adult. I will forever owe my mom, as she remained calm and helped to keep her grandson alive.