Todd Unger, WFAA
ROANOKE — A young mother is alive thanks to the quick thinking — and even quicker action — of a group of lifeguards at a Hawaiian Falls water park.
Megan Jones was spending a Saturday with her friends and eight-year-old son at the park when she suffered a seizure in the Lazy River.
“I remember seeing their faces when I woke up, but I don’t remember anything else,” she said.
The faces belonged to a team of lifeguards and park employees who helped save the woman.
Joseph Morin jumped into the river when he noticed Jones face down about 20 feet from his post.
“‘I gotta get her and get her now… get to her as soon as possible.’ That is what I was thinking,” the 18-year-old said.
With the help of an unidentified off-duty police officer, Morin pulled the woman to shore.
That’s when 18-year-old Cameron Davis arrived. The emergency medical technician had rushed across the entire park.
“I was just thinking, ‘Is she getting air? And if she is, is it enough to sustain her life?”‘ Davis recalled.
Jones eventually came to, and was treated at the scene.
At Tuesday night’s Roanoke City Council meeting, an entire team of Hawaiian Falls personnel — including Morin, Davis and lifeguards Brendan O’Malley and Hannah Decker — were honored for their work two weeks ago.
Megan Jones also made a surprise appearance, hugging and thanking the crew who helped rescue her.
“I’m just so grateful,” she said.