A Florida officer After she jumped into a retention, she is being called a hero pond Rescue a drowning infant, putting her own life at risk because she didn’t know how to swim, authorities said Tuesday.
Officer Me’Atia Sanderson with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office was the first to arrive at the scene on June 9, the sheriff’s office said. She was alerted to the fact that the infant The water was still icy.
The sheriff’s office released bodycam video This was the heartbreaking rescue that took place on Tuesday.
“Sanderson, who does not know how to swim herself, without a second’s hesitation, entered the pond to retrieve the child and performed CPR until she was relieved by other responding officers,” the sheriff’s office said.
Video shows Sanderson, who joined the sheriff’s office in 2019, sprinting into the water and make her way to the drowning child. After the child had been pulled from The water, Sanderson continued life-saving efforts.
“Come on, baby,” the officer Can be heard saying it as she does CPR. “Come on!”
Two other officers arrive on scene and take control of CPR efforts.
Officials with the sheriff’s office said Sanderson has been recognized for the impact that her “quick and decisive decision to go into the retention pond” made.
“Her actions, while putting her own life at risk, undoubtedly saved the child’s life,” According to the department.