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Officer Risks Life 'Without a Second's Hesitation,' Jumping Into Retention Pond to Save Drowning Baby

Added 11-25-22 07:45:03pm EST - “"Her actions, while putting her own life at risk, undoubtedly saved the child’s life," a post by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office stated.” - Westernjournal.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Westernjournal.com: “Officer Risks Life 'Without a Second's Hesitation,' Jumping Into Retention Pond to Save Drowning Baby”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Children and bodies of water are a famously bad combination. Natural water features can be dangerous to people of all ages, especially when the water hides invisible dangers or a person is unable to stay afloat.

When a baby tumbled into a retention pond in Florida on June 9, Officer Me’Atia Sanderson with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office (JSO) showed up first and did what first responders do best: Charged ahead to save a life.

The only problem was that just like that infant drowning in the pond, Sanderson didn’t know how to swim, either.

A local at the Madelyn Oaks Apartments in Jacksonville had noticed the baby, whose age wasn’t given, along with a child that appeared to be around 3 years old, playing in the water unsupervised at around 9:45 a.m., according to WJXT-TV.

When Sanderson arrived and ran over, the younger child was no longer visible. After being directed to where the baby had disappeared, she plunged into the water.

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