Yorkville First Responders Celebrate Saving Life of a Toddler

Photo by Miranda Sebroski Corey Smith Jr., a 2-year-old from Yorkville, is presented a toy tricycle during a celebration Tuesday at the village’s fire department.

YORKVILLE — What could have been a tragic event led to a happy moment shared by Yorkville officials and a family who is celebrating the fact that their toddler is still alive.

Corey Smith Jr.’s family and Yorkville EMS, fire department and village council members celebrated Smith’s life during council’s meting Tuesday night. Yorkville first responders saved Smith, 2, from drowning when he and his family were at a summer get-together at a friend’s house in early July. He was found unconscious floating in the pool.

Smith’s family called for help and was aided by Yorkville paramedics before they transported him to East Ohio Regional Hospital.

“When we think back to that evening, it’s just amazing that this young boy was saved,” said Darby Copeland, Yorkville’s EMS chief.

Yorkville Fire Chief Dana Brown also was there the day Smith was found in the pool and said he appreciates working with council members to get the supplies that are needed when an event like this occurs.

“We just want to thank council for helping us with everything we need for these kind of things,” Brown said. “Seeing this little guy run around now is just pretty amazing.”

Yorkville Mayor Karen Vargo also honored Dr. Shawn Posin, volunteer medical director for Yorkville EMS, with a resolution for outstanding public service. She also thanked the people who were there to help Smith and get him back to being a healthy 2-year-old boy.

“For the village of Yorkville, this is quite a joyous occasion tonight,” said Vargo. “We are truly blessed in our community. We have kind, professional, knowledgeable people who are working in our fire department and EMS.”

Posin also gave Smith a special surprise. The boy’s face lit up with excitement as Posin rolled out a toy tricycle and helmet. Smith started playing on his bike and smiling as soon as his parents, Corey Smith and Jessica Antill, put on his protective gear.

“We just want to thank everyone,” Antill said. “It’s been life-changing. It’s been a roller coaster. We weren’t expecting all of this and so much support. We are so thankful.”

Smith’s family members said they have lived in Yorkville for all of their lives and are appreciative that officials of the village have gone above and beyond to show their support. They also said Smith has been doing well since the incident.

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