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Toddler pulled from pool by teenager

August 2, 2009

A teenage girl's quick response saved a toddler's life.

Officials said the 2-year-old girl was separated from her family for about a minute around 2:20 p.m. Sunday at the Sheraton Desert Oasis resort in Scottsdale.

A 13-year-old girl, visiting from California, saw the child on the bottom of the pool and pulled her out, Scottsdale Fire Department spokesperson Lori Schmidt said.

The Ahwatukee child was transferred to Scottsdale Health Care as a precaution. She and her family were visiting friends at the Scottsdale resort.

Schmidt said the accident should serve as a reminder to parents that adult supervision of children at the pool is important.

"Just because we're pool side doesn't necessarily mean we're watching our kids," she said. "It happens often, whether it's in a home situation or a community pool, everyone needs to remember eye to eye contract is important."

This weekend kicks off Arizona's Drowning Impact Awareness Month. In Scottsdale, purple ribbons that signify the campaign's effort are available at all Scottsdale libraries, fire stations, police district offices, aquatic centers and City Hall.

Reproduced with permission from:
The Arizona Republic
Megan Gordon
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