Off-duty police officer and nurse save three-year-old after near drowning

When a three-year-old girl almost drowned at a public pool, she was saved by the quick thinking of an off duty police officer and a nurse.

The little girl was enjoying Rain Tree Lake Pool with her aunty in Lee's Summit, Missouri when she began to drown after going down a slide.

Her aunty, who told local news outlet Fox4 News she did not wish to be identified, quickly pulled the young girl from the water.

The toddler wasn’t breathing and luckily, an off duty police officer and nurse were at the local pool at the same time.

The young girl slid down this slide just before she began to drown. Source: Source:

The two began performing CPR on the little girl.

“My adrenaline was pumping, my hands were shaking,” nurse Zandra Gottman told Fox4 News.

“There's no time to think, you just have to jump into action," she added.

Police officer Chad Cox told Fox4 that the little girl was blue from head to toe and his natural instinct just took over as he helped perform resuscitation on the child.

"I think it's in all of us police offers, firefighters, paramedics,” he said.

Nurse Zandra Gottman (left) and Officer Chad Cox (right) performed CPR on the girl until an ambulance arrived. Source: fox4kc

“It's just where we're at, we're ready to do our job," Mr Cox continued.

After four minutes, the little girl started to cough up water, just as an ambulance arrived.

Ms Gottman said she felt it was fate that brought herself and the police officer to the pool that day.

"Obviously there was a bigger presence that day at the pool that put Chad and I there and helped save that little girl's life," she told Fox4.

The young girl is reportedly doing well and her family were left shaken by the incident and told local media they are incredibly thankful for Ms Gottman and Mr Cox’s quick thinking.

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