NYPD officers save 7-year-old Staten Island girl having severe asthma attack

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018
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Kemberly Richardson reports on the heroic save of a Staten Island girl.

STATEN ISLAND, New York City (WABC) -- NYPD officers are being hailed as heroes after they revived a 7-year-old Staten Island girl who fell unconscious and unresponsive during a severe asthma attack.

The officers responded to a 911 call to the girl's home on Hendricks Avenue around 12:20 p.m. Tuesday.

The officers said they were able to put their training to good use and were thinking about their own families during the rescue.

"The mom was screaming, father was saying 'please help her, help her,' that's when our training kicked in and we did what we were trained to do," Officer Michal Drozd said.

Drozd starting doing chest compressions on the child while Officer Iryna Timofeeva called and put a rush on an ambulance.

"That first breath was emotional for everyone, her mom was crying, that first breath when she opened her eyes, it was very emotional," Timofeeva said.

She was rushed to Richmond University Medical Center, where she is stable and her mom is right by her side.

The officers said they went to visit the little girl at the hospital later Tuesday. They said she gave them the biggest smile and that was the biggest reward they could ever receive.

The young girl reportedly has a history of asthma attacks.


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