Daytona Beach, FL – A pair of first responders on vacation for the 4th of July are unexpectedly called into action, saving the life of a 3-year-old girl.
That little girl – identified in the incident report as Zhamiyah Gibson of Daytona Beach – was revived quickly by those first responders after falling into the pool at the La Quinta Inn on 2725 West International Speedway Boulevard just after 5 p.m. yesterday.
Daytona Beach Police Department spokesperson Lyda Longa says Gibson was already breathing on her own by the time paramedics got to the hotel, which is right off the northbound off-ramp of Interstate 95.
“When officers arrived on scene, they discovered that Matthew Colwell and Jessica Campeta had retrieved [Gibson] from the pool’s deep end and had revived her before paramedics arrived,” Longa added. “The Daytona Beach Police Department is grateful to these two individuals whose actions helped save this toddler’s life.”
Colwell and Campeta are both from Hudson, New York, per the report. He’s a New York State Trooper and she’s a firefighter.
Gibson’s 40-year-old mother told DBPD that she noticed her daughter was missing when gathering her family together to leave for a football game. That’s when Colwell and Campeta spotted the child in the pool, pulled her out and performed CPR until she regained consciousness.
It’s unclear how the child ended up in the water. Gibson’s mom says her daughter is “scared” of the water, according to the report.