Watch: Vermont state trooper makes heroic rescue of 8-year-old girl from icy pond | Blaze Media
A Vermont state trooper made a heroic rescue of an 8-year-old from an icy pond.
Two sisters were playing on a frozen pond when they fell into the water in northwestern Vermont. An 80-year-old homeowner was able to pull the younger girl to shore, but the neighbor was unable to swim and couldn’t save the older sister. The elderly man contacted the police.
Vermont State Trooper Michelle Archer responded to an emergency call about a small child plunging into a frigid pond on private property in Cambridge, Vermont. Archer was in the area and arrived at the scene within five minutes after the 911 call was made.
Archer retrieved a rope and flotation device from her police cruiser. The state trooper noticed the motionless girl in the middle of the pond, as seen in the police bodycam video.
Despite the freezing temperatures, Archer jumped into the icy water to rescue the 8-year-old girl.
Archer swam to the helpless girl in the bone-chillingly cold water and rescued the girl by bringing her back to the snow-covered shore.
The child snapped back to life and began making noises after being rescued from the freezing water.
A second state trooper arrived at the scene as Archer was bringing her out of the water. The second Vermont state trooper carried the girl to an ambulance that was already there.
The girl was rushed to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington, Vermont. Despite her injuries first thought to be life-threatening, the girl has made a complete recovery and returned home within several days.
“There wasn’t a whole lot of thinking going on. Something was taking over – training. It was the opposite of panic,” Archer told local outlet Vermont News First.
Vermont State Police officials commended Archer, trooper Keith Cote, and the homeowner “for their selfless, heroic conduct, and all three have been recommended to receive the agency’s Lifesaving Award.”
The incident happened on Dec. 17, but authorities didn’t release the police bodycam footage until Friday.
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