The Colorado woman who raced into a frozen pond over the weekend to rescue three children who fell through the ice was reunited with a little girl whose life she helped save.
Good Samaritan Dusti Talavera, 23, whose story has gone viral, told NewsNation’s “Banfield” about the harrowing rescue that captivated the nation.
“I was submerged in water,” she said. “I was freaking out a little bit.”
Despite her panic as she selflessly rushed into a frigid pond outside her apartment to help the kids, she said she “knew there was one mission” — saving the submerged kids.
Watch Talavera reunite with one of the children she saved:
“It’s all about helping people out and spreading love,” Talavera added.
She appeared on “Banfield” with Zakiyah Williams, the 6-year-old who had no pulse when she was taken out of the frigid pond but has since recovered. The two embraced after Zakiyah’s parents thanked Talavera, authorities, and everyone who came together to save their little girl.
“It’s no greater feeling for one than the other because everybody played their part in saving my daughter’s life,” Walter Williams, Zakiyah’s father, said. “I’m just thankful for everyone.”
Williams was moved by the fact that people so selflessly acted to help save others’ lives. His wife also praised Talavera and the others who helped the young child.
“She’s a hero right now,” she said. “She saved my baby.”
As for Zakiyah, she thanked Talavera and said she is feeling “good” after the near-death experience.
Faithwire previously reported on the harrowing story and noted that Talavera was in the right place at the right time.
The hero has recounted being inside her apartment when she was looking out the window and saw the children fall into the frigid water; Talavera immediately bolted out the door and jumped into action.
“I was looking out my window, and saw the kids 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.”
Others pitched in to help Talavera rescue the third child, Zakiyah, and authorities performed life-saving measures. Thankfully, the story has a positive and uplifting conclusion.
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