BOSTON, N.Y. (WIVB) - A child was saved Tuesday night, thanks to a quick-thinking state trooper and a team of first responders.
Just before 9 p.m. in the Town of Boston, a family called 911 saying their 23-month-old daughter fell into their family swimming pool and was unconscious. According to police, family members were in the pool at the house on Omphalius Road, but the little girl wandered away from her mom and went into the water.
A family member quickly pulled her out of the pool. They called 911 when she was unresponsive and not breathing.
Amazingly, State Trooper Christopher Sullivan was just minutes away.
NYS Police Lt. Kevin Barnas said, "The trooper responded and immediately began CPR, CPR compressions. And within the first cycle of CPR compressions, water was expelled from the child and the child began breathing on her own, somewhat."
She was breathing, but not very well. Seconds later, the volunteer Boston Emergency Squad arrived to start medical treatment. Paramedic Chris Zemrac called the rescue a series of very fortunate events.
"The fact that: the family recognized the issue, they pulled the child out of the pool, they attempted to resuscitate the child, the state trooper getting on scene so quickly, our responses; yes, this totally made a difference in this situation in making this hopefully a good outcome," Zemrac said.
Every minute counts when it comes to an emergency response. And in this case, once the call was made, it took emergency crews just six minutes to respond.
The toddler was taken by Boston EMS to Women and Children's Hospital. Thanks to the trooper, and the Boston EMS' quick response, the girl has a good chance to make it. She is still in critical condition, but at least check, officials say she is expected to make a full recovery.
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