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Off-duty firefighter rescues 2-year-old found face down in Minn. lake

The South Dakota firefighter began performing CPR while his 16-year-old daughter called 911



James Allen
Fergus Falls Daily Journal, Minn.

FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — The Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a two-year-old male found face down in the water near shore on Sand Lake, North of Pelican Rapids on July 31, at approximately 10:57 a.m.

The sheriff’s office said that several families had gathered for the weekend to spend time at the lake. Sometime during the late morning, a family member realized the two-year-old wasn’t present inside the residence. Both families immediately went looking for the two-year-old both inside the house and outside before the boy’s father located him face down in the water near shore.

Fortunately a member of the visiting family, a 42-year-old firefighter, with a department in South Dakota, immediately began CPR and life-saving efforts, while his 16-year-old daughter called 911.


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Life-saving efforts were performed for roughly one minute before the child began to breathe again prior to the arrival of local first responders. The two-year-old was transported to a nearby hospital for medical treatment and his current condition is stable.

In addition to the sheriff’s office, Ringdahl Ambulance and a Pelican Rapids Police officer were dispatched to the scene.


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