Contact: Stacey Welling
Phone: (702) 455-3201

The Clark County Commission and Fire Department are honoring a 9-year-old boy on Tuesday, June 21, for saving his young sister’s life by performing CPR on her after she nearly drowned in a family swimming pool.

Clark County Commission Chair Susan Brager and Fire Chief Bertral Washington will present a proclamation and life-saving award pin to Tristan Saghin near the 9:15 a.m. start of Tuesday’s County Commission meeting.

Tristan and his family are County residents and were visiting relatives in Mesa, Arizona, on April 17 when Tristan’s 2-year-old sister, Brooke, wandered through a back door and fell into a backyard swimming pool. The little girl was pulled from the pool, and Tristan began performing CPR on the child while 9-1-1 was called for help. Tristan learned about CPR from a movie and likes to practice being a medic during his playtime at home. His efforts were credited by first responders with saving his sister’s life.

“This young man is a true hero to his family and our community,” Commissioner Brager said. “He saved his sister’s life because of his interest in CPR, and he deserves to be recognized for his efforts.”

“This incident proves that life-saving CPR can be performed by courageous people from a wide range of age groups,” Chief Washington said. “Many homes in our community have swimming pools, and it is critical for people to know what steps to take to prevent drownings and also what actions they should take if an emergency arises.”

Tristan and his family have dedicated themselves to educating the public about the importance of swimming pool safety and learning CPR since the incident happened. Tristan has been interviewed on a variety of television shows and news programs including Inside Edition, CNN and NBC’s Today Show.

“If a near drowning can happen to us, it can happen to anyone,” said Chris Saghin, Tristan’s father. “We watch our children constantly, but being around water can be very dangerous and it can only take seconds for a family to lose a child as we almost did.”

Clark County’s Fire, Development Services and Parks and Recreation departments are partners in the local Drowning Prevention Coalition and the Southern Nevada Health District’s ABC&D’s of Drowning Prevention campaign.