23-Year-Old Colorado Woman Rescues Three Children From Icy Pond

A Colorado woman is being praised for her heroic efforts of saving three children who had fallen into a frozen pond.

Dusti Talavera, 23, was inside her Denver apartment watching three children play outside in a frozen pond. When she looked outside again, she saw the children fall in.

“Just looking out my window saw a couple kids walking on the ice pond, a few seconds later, I just saw them fall in,” Talavera said. “Before I even realized it, I was out there on the middle of the pond pulling two kids out. That’s when I fell in.”

Talavera pulled two of the children — an 11-year-old boy and 4-year-old girl — from the icy waters, but as she attempted to rescue the third — a 6–year-old girl — she fell into the 15-foot-deep pond.

The young girl’s 16-year-old cousin brought a rope to pull Talavera and the last child out of the water. “I tried to hold her head up, I tried to hold my head up, the pond was really deep. A young man threw us a rope. He pulled us out,” Talavera said.  

The 6-year-old girl was unconscious and had no pulse when deputies arrived on the scene. Deputy David Rodrigues removed her coat and began chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. Two other deputies also assisted in life-saving CPR. 

The girl was taken to Children’s Hospital breathing and with a pulse. She is currently in stable condition.

“Putting her life at risk for the kids to make sure that they could make it another day is amazing,” Deputy Blaine Moulton said.

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