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First responders rush on foot to aid drowning child

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POSTED December 1, 2013 9:40 p.m.

It was something being near miraculous that brought a 2-year-old toddler back to life Sunday afternoon when a trio of first responders were out walking their dogs shortly before 5 p.m.

One of their pagers alerted them to a young drowning victim just down the block in the southernmost part of the city.

Lathrop-Manteca Fire Department Captain Craig Jones and his registered nurse wife, Gina, were walking their dog when they crossed paths with Manteca City Fire Engineer Rob White.  Jones was alerted to the call from the pager he carries on his belt in the 700 block of Dody Drive at Buena Vista Drive. They all realized how very close they were to the critical medical need and took off running toward the house, according to a fire department spokesman.

They quickly learned the child had been taken inside the house from a swimming pool and was not breathing after having reportedly been under water for some 10 minutes.  The three started a team effort in administering CPR at some 100 compressions per minute and continued that regimen in the ambulance all the way to Doctors Hospital Emergency Room.

The heartbeat was reportedly regained by the time the ambulance arrived at the hospital where staff continued to stabilize the child in preparation for a Life Flight air ambulance helicopter transport to Children’s Hospital in Oakland.  The little girl was later said to be in critical but stable condition on Sunday night.

A former Manteca reserve firefighter, who had just gone on full-time Status Sunday, Bryan Kendall, 27, also responded to the drowning call – his first duty assignment.  He, too, joined in the continuous CPR teamwork in the ambulance to save the toddler.

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