On the evening of August 7, 2010, while swimming under water, young Rohan Rumalla silently began to drown while surrounded by adults and other children didn’t notice what was occurring. However, five-year-old Landri Shelton noticed that Rohan was in trouble and sounded the alarm. Hearing the call for help Morgan Lorant went to Rohan’s aid and pulled his body from the water. Once out of the water, CPR was immediately initiated by Ramesh Srinivasan and 9-1-1 was called. Southlake Fire Services responded and once they arrived initiated advanced life support measures. CareFlite was then called to take Rohan to Cook Children’s Hospital in Fort Worth. Three days later Rohan woke up and asked the question “where’s Mommy?”
At the October 19, 2010 City Council meeting sixteen people were honored with lifesaving awards. They include friends: Landri Shelton, Morgan Lorant, Ramesh Srinivasan. Southlake Fire Service Members: Firefighter John Ard, Firefighter James Cox, Firefighter Scott Dymond, Lt. Shawn Fannan, Engineer Jason Moloney, Engineer Tony Peyton, Firefighter Randy Potter, Engineer Trey Porter, Firefighter Matthew Stacy Firefighter Jeff Vogel, and Southlake Police Service Members: Sgt. Dwayne Letz, Officer Brian Fitzgerald, and Officer James Sutton.
The video clip below is of the ceremony honoring the people who helped save Rohan Rumalla’s life. It includes the words of thanks from Rohan’s father.