Clarkstown police officer rescues 4-year-old girl from drowning

CLARKSTOWN, Rockland County (WABC) -- A police officer in Rockland County is getting recognition for his action off the clock.

Officer Paul Munding of Clarkstown Police Department was at a birthday party over the weekend when he saved 4-year-old Ella from drowning.

The little girl was on the pool steps when a doll in the pool caught her eyes.

She tried to get it, but couldn't swim.

Officer Munding had just met the little girl's parents a few minutes earlier and didn't hesitate for a second.

He jumped in fully clothed and pulled her to safety.

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