Two New Jersey policemen are being praised after saving the life of a young girl who nearly drowned in a residential pool.
Newark Police responded to a call Sunday afternoon that a 2-year-old girl in the North Ward section of the city was "not breathing" after being in a pool, the Newark Department of Public Safety said in a statement.
Officers Malikul Aziz and Shaquille Johnson of the 2nd Precinct arrived and quickly performed first aid on the girl, clearing her airways. The girl was brought to a local hospital and is reportedly in stable condition.
“I am proud that these officers stepped in as if this child was a member of their own family,” Director Anthony F. Ambrose of the Newark Department of Public Safety said in a press release. “Today, I speak for the entire city of Newark in giving them our most sincere thanks.”
A police spokeswoman says the girl was wearing a flotation device during the incident at a pool on Third Avenue East in the 100 block, according to NJ.com.