El Dorado Police Department commended Patrol Sgt. Larry Arnold for his efforts in saving the life of a child.
The incident occurred on Sept. 16 when officers were dispatched to a residence at 209 S. Orchard regarding a small child who was discovered floating and unresponsive in a backyard pool.
Arnold and Officer Joel Sibley responded and arrived within minutes of the 911 call. The child was being given rescue breathing by a parent when officers arrived but was still not breathing and appeared blue due to lack of oxygen.
Arnold took over emergency care and removed water from its mouth and lungs and continued with CPR efforts. The child immediately began to take breaths and cough, responding to the officer's efforts.
The child was then turned over to EMS and firefighters for continued treatment and transported to Susan B. Allen Memorial Hospital where the child was later treated and released.
"Arnold’s years of training, experience and presence of mind allowed him to instinctively and effectively administer life saving treatment that resulted in the saving of the 18 month old child," said Police Chief Tom Boren.
"The administration and staff of the EPD wish to commend Sgt. Arnold for his dedication to serving others that allowed this family to continue to enjoy the life of this child, instead of suffering a grievous loss of life."