Officials from the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado said three children survived after falling into a frozen pond Sunday.
Four young family members were playing on the ice, officials noted as three fell into the pond at Addison at the Cherry Creek apartment building at 9100 E. Florida Ave. approx. 15:24, KDVR reported.
That was the moment a person was identified as a 23-year-old Dusti Talavera jumped in and pulled out a four-year-old girl and an 11-year-old boy.
Dusti Talavera said she knew she had to act right away when she saw three children fall into an icy pond. She put on …
“Just looking out of my window saw a couple of kids walking on the ice pond, a few seconds later I saw them just fall in,” Talavera recalled. “Before I even discovered it, I was out there in the middle of the pond pulling out two kids. That’s when I fell in. “
She tried to help the third child, a six-year-old girl, but struggled to complete the task.
But a 16-year-old boy, who is the cousin of the victim, went into the water to help Talavera.
“I was trying to keep her head up, I was trying to keep my head up, the pond was really deep. A young man threw us a rope. He pulled us out,” Talavera remarked.
According to deputies, Talavera said: “She was not worried about her safety because they were babies and they needed help.”
Meanwhile, the six-year-old was not breathing and had no pulse when the temps arrived.
Deputy David Rodriguez performed chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, and was assisted by Deputy Director Blaine Moulton along with Deputy Justin Dillard.
Video showed on-site first aiders:
Eventually, South Metro Fire Rescue (SMFR) arrived and took over.
The six-year-old was transported to the children’s hospital with breathing and had regained his pulse. The child was listed in stable condition, according to the sheriff’s office.
Court Sutton of SMFR recalled: “We were back at the fire station talking about how brave she was, how good the officers did… and god. I hope if this happened to one of mine, then someone was like her (Talavera ) close.”