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Boy Dies in Same Place, Same Way as Brother One Year Ago

June 10, 1986

CARY, Ill. (AP) _ A 16-year-old boy was stricken by a fatal heart attack at the same swimming pool where his younger brother died of the same ailment almost a year ago, and their grieving mother said Tuesday that ″God was picking an awfully big bouquet.″

Christopher Bullock, a member of the Cary Park District’s swim team, collapsed and died Monday at the district swimming pool.

On June 14, 1985, Christopher’s 12-year-old brother, Bryan, died of a heart attack while practicing in the pool.

The boys were the only children of Rice L. and Margaret Bullock of Cary, about 30 miles northwest of Chicago.

″It was like deja vu,″ said John Fisher, the swimming coach who tried to revive both boys. ″It was a very strange feeling.″

Both boys suffered from congenital heart ailments, although Bryan’s was considered much more serious, Mrs. Bullock said. The couple had not known about their sons’ heart problems until Bryan’s death, she said.

Doctors examined Christopher and determined his condition could be controlled with medication, Mrs. Bullock said. Both were avid swimmers and doctors said after Bryan’s death that Christopher could continue the sport, she said.

Christopher ″was not afraid the same thing would happen to him. He was dealing with his brother’s death very well,″ Mrs. Bullock said.

″God was picking an awfully big bouquet,″ she said, choking back tears. ″He took my only remaining son.″

″There are some things you can’t explain,″ added Bullock.

Christopher had just completed a 100-yard swim with the team when he was stricken, said Fisher.

″One of the boys called my name,″ he recalled, and he saw the swimmer holding Christopher up by the shoulders in the shallow end of the pool.

″His eyes looked kind of glazed, so I grabbed him and pulled him out of the water and started CPR on him,″ said Fisher, who also works as a paramedic. He said Christopher was unconscious when he pulled him out of the pool.

″When I looked in his eyes, I instantly knew what was going on,″ said Fisher, who had helped administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation to Bryan when he was pulled from the pool a year ago.

Christopher was declared dead of an apparent heart attack on arrival at Northern Illinois Medical Center in McHenry.

A wake will be held Wednesday, with a funeral Thursday at the First Congregational Church in Crystal Lake.

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