UPDATE: Medical Examiner Identifies Boy, 4, Following Glenview Pool Death

After lifeguards pulled Vicente Cardenas from Roosevelt Pool Friday afternoon, they administered CPR to the unresponsive boy until paramedics arrived. Cardenas died at Glenbrook Hospital shortly after.

Updated: June 16, 2:40 p.m. 

Officials have identified the four-year-old boy who was pulled from a Glenview Park District pool Friday afternoon as Vicente Cardenas of Glenview, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner's office.

Lifeguards administered CPR to the unresponsive boy before paramedics transported Cardenas to Glenbrook Hospital. He died just before 4 p.m. Friday afternoon.  

An autopsy will be performed by the Medical Examiner's Office Saturday to determine cause of death. Stay tuned to Patch for more details as they become available.

Original Story

A four-year-old boy died Friday afternoon after lifeguards at Roosevelt Pool pulled him from the water, according to Glenview authorities.

The unidentified youth was found unresponsive at the park district pool, 2239 Fir St., around 2:30 p.m. Lifeguards immediately began administering CPR before paramedics arrived at the scene, according to Glenview Park District officials.

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“It was disturbing, sickening, to see this happening to a little kid,” witness Kelly Nicoli, 14, told CBS 2. Nicoli was having a birthday party at the pool.

The victim was taken to Glenbrook Hospital, 2100 Pfingsten Rd., where he was pronounced dead at 3:49 p.m., CBS 2 reports.

“We are all very saddened, and our thoughts and prayers go out to this little boy’s family,” Glenview Park District Executive Director Chuck Balling said in a press release Friday night. “This is a tragedy for the family and for the entire community.”

Following the incident, the pool was closed immediately and will remain closed on Saturday, June 16 as the Glenview Police Department, in cooperation with the Glenview Park District, completes an investigation.

On Friday evening, the medical examiner’s office was not releasing further information. Stay tuned to Patch for more details as they become available.

Stephanie Davis June 16, 2012 at 11:52 AM
This sickened me last night when I saw it on the news. So so sad.
Frannie June 16, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Our deepest sympathies go out to this young boys' family. Can't stop thinking about his tragic passing since we heard the news last night.
Juan Carlos and Sally Bosacoma June 16, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Our prayers go out to the family and friends of this young boy.
Joanna Schneider June 16, 2012 at 03:16 PM
A truly heartbreaking story. Thanks to everyone who has shared their condolences.
Leslie A June 16, 2012 at 03:45 PM
I've been sick to my stomach since i heard this last night and I'm constantly praying for his parents and his family. what a tragedy......but this is the reason i won't sent my kids, ages 5,5, and 6 to camp because of this whole "taking them swimming" thing. They are way too young to be in the pool without parents.
Erica Leibrandt June 16, 2012 at 05:26 PM
Is anyone organizing food for this family? If not, or someone needs to co-ordinate, please contact me, Erica Leibrandt at anothermother44@aol.com. Thank you. My prayers are going out to this family.
Kelly K June 16, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I'm so, so sorry for the family! Those camp counselors must not have been watching him otherwise how did he end up unsupervised in the deep end of the pool?!? Why didn't the lifeguards notice a 4 year old in the deep end? It's such a tragedy that could have been avoided if the adults in charge of his care would have been paying attention! His parents must be so devastated, I feel very badly for them! Rest in peace little angel, your family loves you dearly and I'm sure misses you very much!
SuburbanMary June 16, 2012 at 06:13 PM
As a former lifeguard, I can tell you that responding to such an emergency is gut-wrenching and traumatic for all involved, but we are taught to keep a level head and begin life-saving measures until paramedics arrive. Please do not point the finger at the lifeguards in this situation. Lifeguards are not babysitters nor are they there to supervise anyone's children. That is the job of the parent(s) and other adults charged with the child's care. Lifeguards are on duty to respond to aquatic emergencies. Period. I cannot tell you how many times I witnessed adults leaving a young child alone in the pool to go off to chat with someone or become engrossed in reading a book, instead of being within arm's length of the child in the pool. My heart goes out to the family of this little boy, and it also goes out to the lifeguard who was unable to save this child. The horror will stay with the lifeguard for the rest of his/her life.
Leslie A June 16, 2012 at 06:30 PM
SuburbanMary i agree with every word you said.
Carrie S June 16, 2012 at 07:43 PM
I will absolutely agree SuburbanMary that this is no time to "point fingers" at the lifeguards that responded to this emergency. I worked at Roosevelt Pool for seven years and was "Head Lifeguard" my last two years working there. We as lifeguards would constantly have to jump in and pull kids out of the water which were almost always campers because they were left unsupervised by their camp counselors. As a matter of fact, three years ago The Glenview Park District lifeguards began "Swim Tests" at the beginning of the summer for every Glenview Park District camper that swims at the pool. They are taken one by one in the "deep well" pool and are asked to swim alongside a lifeguard the length of the pool and back. If they have to grab onto the lifeguard or tube once, the counselor is told to give a life-vest that the pool offers to its patrons for free until they can be re-evaluated later in the summer. This boy obviously was not wearing the proper vest as those individuals his age are usually advised to wear them as a precaution. Please do not blame the lifeguards for this accident, I have been through their training and also assisted in the training of new lifeguards and know that when something like this happens, they are required to begin rescue breathing, CPR and any other life saving measures to revive life. Parents/Guardians/ Supervisors need to be reminded that lifeguards are not babysitters. Period. My heart goes out to the family and staff at Roosevelt.
Sean Jung June 17, 2012 at 01:59 AM
I point my fingers at the adult responsible, in this case the counselor. I understand that camps have parents sign the "We are not responsible" papers, but this doesn't give the camp permission to just leave the kids unattended! This camp will definitely get sued for lots of money.
t kellner June 17, 2012 at 03:16 AM
my heart goes out to the family of the young boy. I'm sicken by this terrible accident. I have a 4 year old too and couldn't imagine....... We go to the pool all the time and the lifegaurds are wonderful. I'm always right by my girls side but its great to have the "extra" eyes watching us. The poor lifegaurd that has to live with this horrible memory forever. I feel for him/her.
Elena Maciel June 17, 2012 at 04:32 AM
I was there when this all went down. It was sickening then just watching them trying CPR on the boy and It is very sad to now know that he has gone. I just remember everyone's shocked faces. It is just so unbelievable. He was so young and 5 days away from his birthday. My heart goes out to his family
red June 17, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I was there as well and I cant describe how sad I am for the little boy and his family. The pool was extreamly crowded so I do not know what happened and I think most people there do not know what happened until he was being pulled out of the water. I do question how he got in the deep end of the pool. My thoughts are with the family, I cant imagine the sadness. I cant get it out of my mind.
Val Gurvits June 19, 2012 at 05:01 AM
Hello, My name is Val Gurvits. I am Vicente’s uncle and am the family’s spokesman. First, the family would like to express our gratitude for all the warm words of sympathy during this tragedy. As you would imagine, the family is devastated. Also, I would like to hear from people who were at the pool that day. We have received surprisingly (and disappointingly) little information from the school regarding the events that lead up to Vicente’s death. We have heard that the pool was overcrowded, but are still trying to piece together what happened. If you were there, please call me at 617-928-1804 or email me at vgurvits@bostonlawgroup.com.
Becca June 22, 2012 at 01:30 PM
I agree with suburbanMary as well. FIrst off, our camps at the park district, strictly on the 2nd day of camp, TEST the campers in the deep end to see if they can swim. This is a group of 6-9 yr. olds. Some did not pass the test as they did last year. They get another chance to pass it the following week, which we couldn't, due to the horrific news and the camps being closed to the pools. I don't know Wesleys policy on testing of the swimming, but would think, that they would have tested the kids, that young, especially, to see if they can at least float on their back. One of the first things my son, at 3 learned to do in swim school. The life guards are not to blame. They are not your baby sitters. They cannot watch just one child, they have to scope the whole area. Yes, they can see if one may be in distress, but the parent or guardian or counselor should know where their group of kids are at all times. The beloved 4 yr. old did not wear a vest??? Why?? He went into the pool, probably did not think that that line determines the deep end and could not get out of it. The pool was crowded that day. My son goes to Flick for his camp, and hopefully they can go back to the pools next week. I am a mother that chats with other mothers, but we always, ALWAYS look to see where are sons are. My son is very weary of the platform, goes down the slides. When he is ready. Oh, and the kid that chained his bike to the emergency entrance, did not help either. cameras!
Becca June 22, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Finishing up what I was saying. We as tax payers of Glenview, the amount we pay, certainly should consider CAMERAS placed within the grounds of the swimming area, then we would have an answer right away of what happened. God bless the family of this tragedy. May you find comfort in the love of your family. You know god is with him and will protect him from now on.
Tony D June 22, 2012 at 05:38 PM
I was there on this fateful day with my 5 year old son,saw the entire incident and my familys prayers are with Vincente and his family. The pool was a mad house. I'm sorry, but for the amount of children that were there, the pool was very under staffed this day. I saw a news report on TV showing a clip of a life guard IN the pool, which was not the case on this day. BOTH the camp and the park district should be held accountable. The camp for monitoring their kids better and the park district for stricker guide lines and enough guards. Age, height, swimming ability, vests etc. A post from a mom that felt it unfair that her child may be forced to wear a vest because he can swim. So with this in mind, I have a drivers license, I can drive a car, does this exempt me from being killed in a car accident?? Just Sayn.
Val Gurvits June 29, 2012 at 12:28 AM
I write once again on behalf of the family of Vicente Cardenas. We are thankful to all for your words of comfort and your sympathy. We continue to be frustrated by the lack of information from Wesley School and from the authorities. We are therefore asking anyone that has any videos from that day (Friday, June 15th) at Roosevelt Pool to please step forward and share it with us. We would like to obtain any possible evidence about the number of people at the pool, the possible location of Vicente's group, the caregivers, the lifeguards, etc. Thank you. I can be reached at vgurvits@bostonlawgroup.com or 617-928-1804.


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