SANTA RITA, Guam -- Youngstown native Petty Officer 1st Class Donald C. Schrader III, leading petty officer of USS Kitty Hawk's medical department, saved the life of a Japanese boy.
In the evening of July 23, Schrader and some shipmates were relaxing while off-duty at the Guam Marriot Resort and Spa, when they spotted a body near the bottom of the pool.
Schrader said that he and his colleagues jumped in and pulled the body out of the pool. The victim was later identified as 8-year-old Yuki Yamada from Japan.
He said that they noticed Yuki's lips had turned blue. He also said that Yuki had no pulse and was not breathing. Schrader, a medical corpsman, immediately began resuscitation efforts. He worked for about 10-12 minutes while the boy's mother watched.
When additional help arrived, Yuki was already breathing on his own. Although he was treated for shock, the boy was able to visit Schrader the next day with his mother to thank him. Reports have indicated Yuki made a full recovery.
Schrader, 34, and his wife, Christine, are both Austintown Fitch graduates who reside in Youngstown. In a recent statement, he said that Yuki reminded him of his own son, Ian, who is 7.
The aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk currently operates from Yokosuka, Japan. Schrader is scheduled to return home Sept. 18.