Police Body Camera Catches Officer’s Heroic Rescue of 2 Year Old Drowning Victim
WARNING: Sensitive Content
On June 17, 2014, Patrol Officer Ismael Quintana was on patrol when he heard a call for assistance regarding a child victim of a drowning. Officer Quintana arrived on scene in the driveway of a home in the 2600 Block of Wade Avenue where he saw a woman kneeling beside a small child who was not breathing. Officer Quintana learned that the child had climbed into a backyard pool and had been found underwater.
Officer Quintana immediately reacted and began giving chest compressions to the young boy, two year old Drances O’Connor, who lay lifeless on the ground. The boy’s aunt, Cynthia O’Connor, assisted and as water rushed out of the boy’s mouth and nose, he began to take shallow breaths. This whole incident was captured on Patrol Officer Quintana’s Taser body camera. The body cameras are being used by officers throughout the division; the program is still in a pilot phase.
The heroic efforts of officers are often overlooked, but in this case we can see first-hand the way Officer Quintana’s actions impacted the life of Drances and his family. So many stories go viral, we hope this one does, too!