New York trooper, firefighter save 3-year-old girl drowning in Florida pool

Girl expected to make full recovery


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Two first responders visiting from New York jumped into action Tuesday afternoon when they saw a girl drowning in a Daytona Beach hotel pool.

While the mother of the 3-year-old girl was gathering their belonging to leave the La Quinta Inn pool on West International Speedway Drive, she couldn't find her daughter, according to the report.

Daytona Beach police said Matthew Colwell, a state trooper, and Jessica Campeta, a firefighter, both visiting from Hudson, New York, spotted the girl underwater in the deep end of the pool and got her out.

"Your instincts just kick in and you jump in and go," Campeta said. "He's on the phone with 911. I just keep going with CPR to get her breathing."  

The girl was unconscious and not breathing. Colwell and Campeta started CPR. They were able to get the toddler breathing on her own before emergency medical services arrived and she was taken to Halifax Hospital.

Campeta said they both had tears of relief and shock, adding, "We were trying to get her so hard back to breathing." 

The girl is expected to make a full recovery, police said.

Colwell said this will be a trip to remember.

"Vacations I've been on, never had to do anything like this and it's even better that the little girl is doing well," Colwell said.

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