Police officer who can’t swim jumps into lake, pulls baby from water and saves child’s life

‘Come on baby!’ Heroic moment police officer who can’t swim jumps into lake, pulls infant from water, administers CPR and saves child’s life

  • Dramatic bodycam video released by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department on Tuesday shows Officer Me’Atia Sanderson rushing to save the drowning infant
  • Sanderson, who does not know how to swim, is seen jumping into the murky waters without hesitation, determined to save the child  
  • Footage shows the heroic officer administering CPR and chest compressions before she is relieved by two responding officers 

Dramatic bodycam video shows the nail-biting moment a Florida police officer – who doesn’t know how to swim – jumps into a retention pond to save a drowning infant. 

Jacksonville Police Officer Me’Atia Sanderson is seen running with all her might towards a man-made pond surrounded by homes located in the Westside neighborhood of Jacksonville, Florida.

The daring rescue that took place on June 9 was caught on the officer’s bodycam video and was released on Tuesday by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department.

The graphic footage – distressing at times – shows the officer rushing towards the pond and yelling out ‘Where’s the baby at?’ As an unidentified woman cries out, ‘Over there!’ … ‘In the pond.’

The image shows the moment the officer is seen performing CPR and chest compression on the ailing infant. ' Come on baby. Come on baby,' the officer is heard saying

The image shows the moment the officer is seen performing CPR and chest compression on the ailing infant. ‘ Come on baby. Come on baby,’ the officer is heard saying

The officer without hesitation and determined to save this child’s life says, ‘Oh s**t! Oh Lord!’ before leaping into the murky waters as an unidentified woman follows in hysteria.

‘I’m getting him. I’m getting him,’ Sanderson yells out before she is no longer visible as the officer is submerged underneath the water for several seconds.

Sounds of bubbles can be heard on the audio until the officer surfaces, nearly breathless, holding the lifeless infant in her arms.

‘Put him down!’ Put him down,’ she yells as she heads towards land and places the child on the ground as she proceeds to administer CPR and chest compressions on the child. 

 ‘Come on baby. Come on baby,’ the officer is heard saying as she is pushing down on the infant’s tiny chest, as intermittent streams of water is heard rushing out of the baby’s lungs.

This harrowing scene goes on for minutes as the infant is sprawled on the grass with his arms out. Within moments Sanderson is relieved by two responding officers

This harrowing scene goes on for minutes as the infant is sprawled on the grass with his arms out. Within moments Sanderson is relieved by two responding officers

The retention pond sits in the middle of a residential community located on the Westside, a neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida

The retention pond sits in the middle of a residential community located on the Westside, a neighborhood in Jacksonville, Florida 

The harrowing scene goes on for minutes as the infant is sprawled on the grass with his arms out. It is not clear what that age of the child is. 

Within moments Sanderson is relieved by two responding officers.

Sanderson’s life saving-actions saved the infant’s life. 

Captain Christopher Scott with Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department issued a letter to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office praising the efforts of the officer calling her actions, ‘quick and decisive,’ First Coast News reported.

Scott added: ‘Her actions, while putting her own life at risk, undoubtedly saved the child’s life.’ 

Officer Sanderson joined the police department in March of 2019 as a patrol officer patrolling the Westside. 

On Tuesday, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office wrote on Facebook how ‘thankful’  they were for the officer’s heroism and posted the bodycam video. 

‘Police Officers across this country report to work each and everyday to protect and serve their communities. They show up each day knowing they will be faced with unimaginable challenges and dangers; yet they do not know what those challenges or dangers will be or how they will present themselves,’ the department wrote.

 ‘As we continue our#weekofthanks, we at the#JSO are thankful that we have officers like Ofc. Sanderson, who day in and day out, take on the challenges and dangers of this job. Our community would not be what it is without them.’

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