VIDEO: Oklahoma police detective helps save toddler in near-drowning

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An Oklahoma police detective helped save a toddler who had wandered away from his family Wednesday night and nearly drowned. The 1-year-old was with his family at a park in Moore. He was found facedown in a pond. But the detective’s quick thinking helped save the boy’s life. Sgt. Jason Landrum performed chest compressions until he could detect the boy’s heartbeat. Witness Ric Henning said he saw the child bobbing in the shallow part of the pond. His family called 911.“We believe there’s a kid and people are not paying attention. What’s he doing? He’s not moving in the water in the pond,” Barbara Henning said in the 911 call. The boy’s family frantically called for help.“We saw him bobbing and thrashing, trying to get out,” the family could be heard saying in a 911 call. Henning watched the scene unfold from his backyard. But he was unable to cross a deep ditch to help the child. Bystanders were pulling the child out of the water as Landrum and his partner arrived.”As soon as I got there. Felt for a pulse. Didn’t have either,” Landrum said.The father of three acted fast and performed chest compressions. “My partner … tilted his head back continued to do chest compressions. Forced water out of his belly!” Landrum said. Moments later, the child had a heartbeat and started crying. “I was relieved to hear that. Probably release him today,” Landrum said.The outcome for the boy and for Landrum, an officer of the year, has a happy ending and has him thinking about his own children. “Shortly after I shot my kiddos a text. Told them I loved them,” he said.

An Oklahoma police detective helped save a toddler who had wandered away from his family Wednesday night and nearly drowned.

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The 1-year-old was with his family at a park in Moore. He was found facedown in a pond. But the detective’s quick thinking helped save the boy’s life. Sgt. Jason Landrum performed chest compressions until he could detect the boy’s heartbeat.

Witness Ric Henning said he saw the child bobbing in the shallow part of the pond. His family called 911.

“We believe there’s a kid and people are not paying attention. What’s he doing? He’s not moving in the water in the pond,” Barbara Henning said in the 911 call.

The boy’s family frantically called for help.

“We saw him bobbing and thrashing, trying to get out,” the family could be heard saying in a 911 call.

Henning watched the scene unfold from his backyard. But he was unable to cross a deep ditch to help the child.

Bystanders were pulling the child out of the water as Landrum and his partner arrived.

“As soon as I got there. Felt for a pulse. Didn’t have either,” Landrum said.

The father of three acted fast and performed chest compressions.

“My partner … tilted his head back continued to do chest compressions. Forced water out of his belly!” Landrum said.

Moments later, the child had a heartbeat and started crying.

“I was relieved to hear that. Probably release him today,” Landrum said.

The outcome for the boy and for Landrum, an officer of the year, has a happy ending and has him thinking about his own children.

“Shortly after I shot my kiddos a text. Told them I loved them,” he said.

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