Florida police arrived at a home in June just in the knick of time to save a three-year-old girl who was found floating face down in a swimming pool.
The Pensacola Police Department responded to the residence on the north side of Pensacola on June 13, finding the child unresponsive and not breathing.
Officer Kyle Skipper was the first to arrive at the scene and found the girl’s grandmother attempting CPR, according to a statement from the police department.
The policeman retrieved the young girl before holding her and using his hand to repeatedly strike her back in an attempt to clear any obstructions.
Officer Robert Linblom arrived on the scene to assist and was about to use the automated external defibrillator (AED) when the young girl took a small breath.
Officer Linblom located a pulse from the girl and began giving her chest compressions. He then turned her on her side and used two fingers to dislodge vomit.
The girl soon began breathing more and started moving.
Soon, the Pensacola Fire Department and the Escambia County EMS arrived to the scene. The girl was transported to a local hospital.
An attending physician has advised that the overall outlook for the child will take time but added that had the officers not gotten her to start breathing, she would have died.
The officers spoke with WEAR TV and expressed their excitement that the girl survived the terrifying ordeal.
‘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,”‘ said Officer Lindblom.
‘When I saw her take that breath, I really just thought it was a miracle. when we arrived on scene I didn’t expect her to recover.’
Both policemen, who are also fathers, said they couldn’t think of a similar incident happening to one of their children.
‘I’ve got a 3-year-old girl, the same age, and a 4-year-old son. Yeah, it hits home,’ said Officer Skipper.