Pensacola police officers saved the life of a three-year-old Florida girl whose family found her floating and unresponsive in a backyard swimming pool. While the incident took place on June 13, but the dramatic rescue is being brought up after the release of bodycam footage.
In a news release, police stated that Officer Kyle Skipper arrived at the scene to see the child’s grandmother attempting CPR. When he arrived, the child was unresponsive and not breathing.
“To be honest, my first thought was, ‘There’s no way we’re going to bring her back because as purple and as blue she was, I thought for sure she was gone,'” Officer Robert Lindblom stated, WEAR reports.
Skipper gave her “firm slaps on the back” to try to dislodge anything that may have been obstructing her airways. Lindblom then began chest compressions until they were able to locate a pulse.
When Lindblom saw her take that breath, he “thought it was a miracle.”
The officers, both parents to young kids, said that the case hit home for them. Seeing the little girl’s case, they couldn’t help but think it could have been their own kids in the same situation.
The Pensacola Fire Department and Escambia County EMS then arrived, rushing the child to the hospital. Once there, she made a full recovery. According to the police, doctors said that the girl wouldn’t have made it if she went any longer without oxygen.
Check out the rescue footage below.