FAST ACTION BY SUISUN CITY POLICE AND FIRE DEPTS. SAVES CHILD
SUISUN CITY - A 1-year-old girl was resuscitated on Sunday and is expected to recover from an apparently accidental drowning because of the life-saving CPR administered by Suisun City Police officers and Firefighters.
About 10:11 a.m., Suisun City Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call reporting a 1-year-old girl had drown in the family pool of a residence in the 1000 block of Whistler Drive. Within 2 minutes, Police Officer Philip Steemers and Fire Engine 47 were on the scene.
The child's mother had pulled the child from the pool and initiated CPR , which started clearing the child's lungs. Meeting Officer Steemers in the front yard, she handed over her daughter, who was not breathing and had no pulse. Officer Steemers continued CPR for less than a minute before the EMT-D trained fire crew took over life-saving treatment.
"After approximately 10 long minutes, and much heartfelt effort from all, these special people were able to bring the child back to life," said Officer David Fong, who arrived at the scene after the fire crew and witnessed their efforts. "Prior to the ambulance transporting the young victim (to NorthBay Medical Center), the victim was breathing and a pulse was present."
With medical attention from hospital personnel, the girl's breathing improved and it appears as though she will make a successful recovery, fire Capt. Mel Torres said.
In an e-mail he later wrote to his public safety colleagues, Officer Fong was clearly filled with deep appreciation for the determined, quick and professional actions of his Suisun City colleagues.
"People like this is why I love working within the City of Suisun City," Officer Fong wrote. "You are all heroes to me and our victim."
In addition to Officer Steemers and Capt. Torres, Firefighters Gary Hall and Richard Anderson and Reserve Firefighter Phillip Martin responded to this family's call for help.
"Congratulations on an extraordinary job well done!" said City Manager Suzanne Bragdon.
Suisun City is extremely appreciative of its all-volunteer Fire Department, the members of which are dedicated to the highest level of training to be there when the community needs them most.