CEN/Bomberos Santa Rosa Calamuchita
This is the moment a six-year-old boy is honoured by firefighters for saving his toddler sister when she fell in a neighbour’s swimming pool.
Little Patricio Zabala was playing with his 18-month-old sister Milagros at a neighbour’s house in the city of Santa Rosa de Calamuchita in the northern Argentine province of Cordoba when she approached a pool and toppled into the water.
Patricio managed to grab her arm and pull the tot out of the water. He then rushed to his mum and told her Milagros was ‘asleep’ after tumbling into the pool.
The mother, named Alejandra, scooped the unconscious toddler in her arms and ran into the street in distress where she luckily came across two patrolling cops, according to reports.
Officer Maximiliano Baptista said he was patrolling the area with his colleague Martin Arias when they came across the upset mum.
Baptista told local media: “When I touched Milagros, I felt her body was cold and her skin colour was changing due to lack of oxygen.”
Reports said that while the two officers were performing CPR on the girl, Alejandra fainted.
Luckily, the toddler vomited water up and started breathing again.
Milagros and her mother were both taken to hospital, and have since made recoveries and been discharged.
Martin Degano, head of the Santa Rosa volunteer firefighting brigade, told local media that they wanted to honour the boy in front of his classmates and they presented him with a firefighter’s hat and certificate.
Baptista also attended the event and presented little Patricio with a medal for helping others.
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