KENT: Despite the heroic efforts of bystanders, police officers and medical workers, a man drowned last week at the University Inn’s pool.

The call about a man drowning at the outdoor pool came in shortly before noon Wednesday from the apartment complex at 540 S. Water St., Kent police spokesman Lt. Mike Lewis said.

He said a guest at the University Inn, 48-year-old Mark Merritt of Cuyahoga Falls, was swimming alone in the pool at the time. Two other guests reported hearing a yell for help, and saw Merritt “struggling in the deep end of the hotel pool,” Lewis said.

The good Samaritans hurried to the pool, pulled Merritt from the water and began CPR while simultaneously calling 911.

Officer Samantha Burton arrived as they were trying to revive Merritt and took over CPR duties. She was soon followed by Lt. Ed Wheeler, who continued chest compressions on Merritt before Kent Fire Department paramedics arrived.

An ambulance rushed Merritt to University Hospitals Portage Medical Center in Ravenna, “but he never recovered,” Lewis said. Merritt had just checked into the Inn that morning, he said.

Chief Michelle Lee named Burton and Wheeler the department’s “Officers of the Week” for their efforts to save the man.

“Although sadly, the subject did not survive, their attempts to aid this victim are commendable,” Lee wrote on the department’s Facebook page.