A Vermont state trooper dove into an icy pond and pulled out an 8-year-old girl who fell through the ice while playing with her siblings. The child survived and made a full recovery after a short stay in the hospital.
The girl and her younger sister fell through thin ice on a pond on private property in Cambridge on Dec. 17, state police said in a news release Friday. The 80-year-old homeowner was able to pull the younger girl to shore but was unable to reach the older girl by calling 911, officials said.
Police said Officer Michelle Archer was nearby and arrived less than five minutes later. She pulled a rope and a flotation device from her boat, ran to a pond and swam to the girl, according to body camera video released by state police. She swam back to shore with the girl and another officer who arrived as she was bringing her out of the water carried the child to a waiting ambulance.
The girl was taken to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington for treatment of injuries that were initially believed to be life-threatening, police said. She made a full recovery and returned home.
Vermont State Police officials praised Troopers Archer and Keith Cote and the homeowner “for their selfless, heroic actions, and all three were recommended to receive the agency’s Life Saving Award,” state police said.