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Utah National Guardsman dies swimming laps at Utah public pool

By McKenzie Romero, KSL | Updated - Jan 19th, 2019 @ 9:41pm | Posted - Jan 19th, 2019 @ 7:26pm



WEST VALLEY CITY — A member of the Utah National Guard died Saturday while swimming laps at a public pool.

Corey Holmgren, 35, was swimming laps while his wife recorded him with her phone about 2:30 p.m. at the West Valley Family Fitness Center, 5415 W. 3100 South, when he went under the water and did not surface, West Valley City Fire Battalion Chief Jeff Fox said.

"The lifeguards were right on it, they jumped in there and pulled him out," Fox said.

Lifeguards attempted to revive Holmgren using CPR and a defibrillator, while an emergency crew stationed across the street arrived in less than 3 minutes to help, Fox said.

After about 25 minutes of CPR, Holmgren was taken to a local hospital where lifesaving efforts were attempted for another 30 minutes, according to Fox. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Major David Gibb of the Utah Army National Guard confirmed Saturday that Holmgren was a soldier with the state's military at the time of his death. Additional information is expected to be released Sunday.

Fox said Holmgren was healthy and had no history of medical problems. With such a quick emergency response, Fox said "usually this is not the outcome, it's very unfortunate."

The West Valley Family Fitness Center posted on its Facebook page Saturday evening that its pools would be closed through the weekend "due to unforeseen circumstances." Pools at the facility will re-open at 5 a.m. Monday, according to the post.

Correction: In an earlier version, police identified the man who died as a former member of the military. Corey Holmgren was a current member in the Utah Army National Guard at the time of his death.

McKenzie Romero

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