Greenlawn teen pulled from pool dies

Greenlawn teen pulled from pool dies

There are 150 comments on the Newsday story from Feb 28, 2008, titled Greenlawn teen pulled from pool dies. In it, Newsday reports that:

A Greenlawn teen who was pulled unconscious from the pool at the Huntington YMCA after holding his breath underwater for too long has died, Suffolk police said Thursday.

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retired NAVY SEAL

New York, NY

#174 Feb 29, 2008
YMCA lifeguard wrote:
I am a lifeguard at the YMCA where this happened and I have to say that this was simply a tragic accident. It is by no means the fault of the guard who was on duty nor Marcs'. However, lifeguards who are reading this should not be permitted under your watch, as this is definitely not the first time this incident has occurred. My condolences to the family and everyone who knew him. R.I.P.
so if you were the lifeguard on duty, then YOU were the reason this brave man will never serve MY country in the NAVY SEALS. i dont know why the DA hasn't put your sorry behind in the slammer yet. When I served in the SEALS, we watched each other's backs. that's how you survive in war when people are trying to kill you. these days on long island, the lifeguards don't even watch the swimmers in the pool. you better hope you never meet a NAVY SEAL like me, because you will regret it, trust me. oooohhhhrahhhhh!!
Lori

AOL

#175 Feb 29, 2008
Wow , I am sitting here, cant even believe what i am reading, how are people so insensitive. regardless of who or how it happened , it did someone lost their life, a young person who wanted to stand up and protect all of us one day, how can you sit here and criticize his family n frieds, i am sure if their was something someone couldve done they wouldve, what world do we live in, have a heart,
andycee

Brooklyn, NY

#176 Mar 1, 2008
Any1butHillary wrote:
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You sir, are a MORON making a comment like that.
You wouldnt even have the testicular fortituded to do what this young man did.
AND WHAT HE DID WAS....?? WHAT?? DROWN IN A POOL TRYING TO HOLD HIS BREATH.....SOUNDS LIKE YOU ARE WEARING THE MORON HOT
lol

New York, NY

#177 Mar 1, 2008
retired NAVY SEAL wrote:
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so if you were the lifeguard on duty, then YOU were the reason this brave man will never serve MY country in the NAVY SEALS. i dont know why the DA hasn't put your sorry behind in the slammer yet. When I served in the SEALS, we watched each other's backs. that's how you survive in war when people are trying to kill you. these days on long island, the lifeguards don't even watch the swimmers in the pool. you better hope you never meet a NAVY SEAL like me, because you will regret it, trust me. oooohhhhrahhhhh!!
Why do I think you are a pimply faced 13 year old jerk in yer family's basement?

Since: Mar 08

Korea

#178 Mar 2, 2008
To the Dawson family I am sorry for your loss, I'm sure given the dedication that your son was putting forth he world have made it into the Navy.

On another note...I am currently serving in the Republic of Korea, and though I do admire and respect his dedication he did not take the final oath of enlistment and his casket should not have been draped with the american flag, that is a right that is reservered for members of the military and veterans that had served honorably. The messed up part of this whole thing is that if Marc had died while on active duty no one would have known and the news media wouldn't have cared. We lose service members every day that are deployed all around the world not because they want to be in these countries but because we have to be so we can protect the rights that you as an american expect. As a currently serving service member I do believe that the USN made a seriously bad judgement call giving military honors to a high school kid. "Those who expect everything give nothing"
NAVY CHIEF

Virginia Beach, VA

#179 Mar 3, 2008
For all of you who didn't know this family or Marc for that matter need to think long and hard as to what you write. I was the one who ensured the young man's family recieved the flag that was drapped over his coffin. I am the one who presented the falg to his parents with a "great deal of pride and satisfaction" knowing that he did what many young men do not dare do and that is take an oath for something much larger than they are. To defend this great nation with honor and dignity, and it is not for fame and fortune and for of those of us who have and are still serving know what I am referring to. The coffin being draped with the flag was a show of respect and nothing more for this young man in his decision to serve his country, and lay his life on the line if need be. He took the oath of enlistment and was in the Delayed Entry Program awaiting his ship date later this year, to me that is enough to be given the rights of a flag and military pall-bearers. For those of you who aren't quite sure as to why some of us decide on a military commitment should listen to the song "American Soldier" by Toby Keith then post your comment.
To the Dawson family and friends walk tall and keep your head held high and don't succumb to the ignorance of those who wish to have you stoop to their lower level, these people don't deserve the breath and time you will waste on them. Trust me 17 years and still going of honorable and faithful service to my nation has proven to be correct.

HOOYAH!! "The only easy day was yesterday"
Navy2008

Portsmouth, VA

#180 Mar 3, 2008
Active Duty wrote:
To the Dawson family I am sorry for your loss, I'm sure given the dedication that your son was putting forth he world have made it into the Navy.
On another note...I am currently serving in the Republic of Korea, and though I do admire and respect his dedication he did not take the final oath of enlistment and his casket should not have been draped with the american flag, that is a right that is reservered for members of the military and veterans that had served honorably. The messed up part of this whole thing is that if Marc had died while on active duty no one would have known and the news media wouldn't have cared. We lose service members every day that are deployed all around the world not because they want to be in these countries but because we have to be so we can protect the rights that you as an american expect. As a currently serving service member I do believe that the USN made a seriously bad judgement call giving military honors to a high school kid. "Those who expect everything give nothing"
Im sorry that you feel this way, but i must ask this, what if this was your son or brother, you would appreciate everything we done for this special young man. It takes a special person to be a navy SEAL. It pisses me off to hear active duty service service members make comments like you just made. Your right service members pass away daily, and yes they should get the attention, but for whateveer reason they dont. Next time just keep your comments to yourself
Thank you

Dover, NJ

#181 Mar 3, 2008
Navy Chief, I salute you for making the decision to honor Marc.
NAVY CHIEF LI

Cortlandt Manor, NY

#182 Mar 3, 2008
I am glad to see that the posts have stopped about such a fine young man that was raised in such a loving family. My brief time with this family reminded me of the tight bond that many families have lost. The great sacarfice and the loss of a son at such a young age. He would of made a fine Sailor, one I would of been proud to serve with in the fleet.

"Farewell and following Seas" Shipmate
Gift of life

Tenafly, NJ

#183 Oct 10, 2008
Marc was a true hero in another way, which was reported on television the day he died, but about which I haven't seen any comments here. Upon his death, Marc's heart was donated to an amazing cardiologist who has cared for my child for almost 20 years. As the parent of one of the thousands of children whose lives have been saved and made better because of this physician, I am supremely grateful to Marc, and to his family for thinking of organ donation as they began grieving their son. God bless you!

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