A 23-year-old Colorado woman is being hailed a hero after rescuing three kids who fell into a 15-foot-deep icy pond over the weekend.
Dusti Talavera, 23, told KCNC-TV she was inside her apartment when the children fell into the frigid water — and she immediately bolted out the door and jumped into action.
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She was able to rescue two of the children but fell into the ice while trying to grab the third.
“I was looking out my window, and saw the kids to fall in,” she said. “Before I realized it, I was on the pond pulling the two kids out, and that’s when I fell in the pond for the third kid.”
As Talavera struggled to rescue the third child, a 6-year-old girl who was in serious condition but is expected to survive, she received help from one of the child’s relatives.
A 16-year-old boy threw out a rope to help get Talavera and the little girl out of the water. It was yet another kind act that helped save the day.
“I’m thankful for that young man who threw the rope,” Talavera said. “I would have been in there longer, she would have been in there longer. I don’t know what would have happened.”
As for why Talavera so willingly risked herself to help the kids in need, she said, “I knew it was me. It had to be me.”
Rescue crews were incredibly thankful to Talavera for her bravery, with one firefighter getting visibly emotional as he spoke about her kind act.
“We were back at the first station talking about how brave she was and how great the officers did,” South Metro Fire Engineer Corey Sutton, who has four sons, said at a press conference. “And, gosh, I hope if this happened to one of mine, somebody like her was close by.”
What an amazing end to a potentially dangerous situation.
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