The Bensalem Township Board of Supervisors formally recognized four people last week for their involvement in the rescue of a teen swimmer.
Last July, Daniel Topley was practicing with his swim team at the Bensalem High School Aquatic Facility for a routine early morning session. At about 7:45 a.m., Coach Miranda Smith and teammate Nicholas Park noticed Topley, 15, was under water for an unusually long time.
Smith and Park pulled their unresponsive team member from the water. Coach Matt Hirst took over and laid Topley onto his back, only to find he was not breathing and had no pulse.
The coaches administered CPR with the help of respiratory therapist and parent Natalie Barber. It took several minutes, but eventually Topley began breathing on his own. Without missing a step, he returned to action in the team’s next swim meet.
Bensalem Director of Public Safety Fred Harran took a few minutes in last week’s Board of Supervisors meeting to appreciate the life-saving situation.
“Through the heroic actions of many, Daniel Topley has made a full recovery and returned to swimming with the aquatic club,” Harran said. “The Bensalem Township Department of Public Safety would like to formally recognize Nicholas Park, Miranda Smith, Matt Hirst, and Natalie Barber for their heroic actions in saving the life of Daniel Topley.”
First responders immediately transported Topley to Jefferson-Torresdale Hospital when they arrived. Notably, the avid swimmer is the son of Bensalem Rescue Squad Executive Director Tom Topley.
Everyone received a standing ovation and round of applause after the announcement.