There is a distinct warning tone sounded at the Apache Junction Fire District to signal drowning calls. Mark Gomez doesn’t even like to describe it.
“I don’t ever want to hear it,” said Mr. Gomez, AJFD’s EMS/training coordinator. “It raises the hair on the back on my neck.”
Like so many fire departments in the far East Valley, Mr. Gomez has seen his share of drownings. Some have had happy outcomes. Some have not.
The drowning death May 15 in Glendale of a 17-month- old boy believed to have crawled outside through a built-in doggy-door to the backyard pool is a reminder that fatal accidents can happen anytime, anywhere to anyone.