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Boy in hospital after jumping in spillway

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BAZETTA TWP., Ohio - An 11-year-old Bazetta Township boy is hospitalized after being rescued from the water near the Mosquito Creek Dam.

The area is restricted, posted with warning signs. Dave Ragozine and his grandson were fishing below the spillway in Bazetta when he saw a young boy playing on a submerged bench.

He said he warned the boy, 11-year-old Dallas Shaffer of the danger and told him if he didn't come in he would call police.

Ragozine went back to fishing, but then Shaffer did something that Ragozine couldn't believe.

"I look up and he's right in the middle of the dam right there waving and going like this trying to just be a young kid but then he jumped in. He didn't fall in. He jumped in," Ragozine said.

Within a few seconds, Ragozine said he could see the boy was in trouble and he reacted.

"That's when I ran in jumped in took my shoes off and hopped in after him," he says.

Ragozine says another man, Tom Streets of Warren, ran in behind him and headed for the boy.

"He started getting past me. Tom snatched him up by the belt and we dragged him in," Ragozine says.

Once on the bank, they feared it was too late.

"He was purple, totally purple and white there was no movement no breathing at all," he says.

Luckily, Tom Streets wife knew how to administer CPR and got the youngster breathing a little just as the rescue squad arrived and took over.

Ragozine says he hates to think about what might have happened had no one been around.

"I thank God that we were there, me and Tom. If we wouldn't be there and his wife, he'd be dead. I'm convinced of it," he says.

Shaffer lives less than a mile from the spillway.

No one from his family could be reached for comment.

He was transferred to Akron Children's Hospital.  There is no word on his condition.

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