Playtime quickly became dangerous when four children started walking around on an icy pond at an apartment complex in Colorado.
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Although the children were only between 4 and 11 years old, the ice couldn’t handle their combined weight, and three of them fell into 15 feet of ice-cold water below. Unfortunately, time was of the essence, and no adults were nearby… or so it seemed.
In a nearby apartment, a woman named Dusti Talavera caught what happened just in time.
“I was looking out my window and saw a couple of kids walking on the ice pond. A few seconds later, I saw them fall in,” Dusti said. “Before I even realized it, I was out there on the middle of the pond pulling two kids out.”
Getting the first two children out went fairly smoothly, but once they were safe, Dusti herself fell in with the remaining child, a 6-year-old.
Still, Dusti continued to focus on getting the child out of the water. They were still struggling when a 16-year-old, a cousin to the child, rushed outside to help.
“I tried to hold her head up, I tried to hold my head up, the pond was really deep,” Dusti said. “A young man threw us a rope. He pulled us out.”
Around the same time, deputies arrived to find what they called a “chaotic crowd.” They quickly discovered the 6-year-old was unconscious – with no pulse.
Determined to revive her, Deputy David Rodriguez, Deputy Blaine Moulton, and Deputy Justin Dillard worked together to give her CPR and didn’t stop until South Metro Fire Rescue arrived and took over.
Thankfully, everyone’s efforts paid off! By the time an ambulance arrived to take the 6-year-old to a children’s hospital, she was breathing and had a pulse. Upon arriving, she was in stable condition.
Since the incident, Dusti has been hailed as a hero for risking her own life in order to save children she’d never even met before.
“We were back at the fire station, talking about how brave she was, how great the officers did … and gosh. I hope if this happened to one of mine, somebody like her (Talavera) was close by,” Court Sutton of SMFR said.
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