2 Tucson police officers save toddler's life at Golf N' Stuff

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Officers Billy Daniel (left) and Jeremy Hall By Jennifer Thomas Officers Billy Daniel (left) and Jeremy Hall By Jennifer Thomas

TUCSON, Ariz. – Two Tucson police officers helped save the life of a toddler at Golf N' Stuff Friday night.

The 23-month-old girl wandered away from her parents as the family was finishing a game of miniature golf around 10:30 p.m., according to the Tucson Police Department.

They immediately told staff members, who then notified a Tucson police officer working at the location in an off-duty capacity.

More police officers responded to help with locating the missing toddler.

Police spokeswoman Maria Hawke said it is estimated that approximately 10 to 15 seconds passed between the time the family last saw the girl and when they determined that she was missing.

Hawke said the family had been near a water feature on the miniature golf course and believed that she had fallen into the water.

A man who was playing on the course nearby heard the family yelling for help and began searching for the child. He saw her in the water and quickly jumped in to pull her out.

The child was not breathing and the man attempted CPR, but he was not trained in the life-saving measure and was unsuccessful.

Officers Billy Daniel and Jeremy Hall arrived and successfully administered CPR. By the time emergency medical personnel from the Tucson Fire Department arrived, the child was breathing.

The toddler was transported to a local hospital and her condition was deemed to be critical at the time. Her medical status improved greatly by Monday morning and doctors believe that she is very likely to survive.

Daniel is a 26-year veteran officer. Hall is a one-year veteran and former EMT. Hawke said all officers with the Tucson Police Department receive training related to basic emergency medical life-saving measures, including CPR.