WATCH: Cleveland Cop Saves Toddler Pulled From Pool

By: Mark Zinni
By: Mark Zinni

CLEVELAND, Ohio (CNN) -- A life saving rescue by an officer - all caught on video.

The policeman's department-issued body camera was rolling when he responded to a call for help after a toddler fell into a swimming pool.

Nowadays, you couldn't tell by the way he runs around but 2 year-old Drances is a survivor.

The little boy from Cleveland plays like any kid his age, but he's also curious. And, on June 17, he wound up getting too close to the back year swimming pool and fell in. That's where relatives found him, lifeless.

This never-before-seen video - seen from the perspective of a Cleveland police officer's body camera, shows him and the child's aunt working together to save the boy.

"He was purple, he was lifeless. When they picked him up, he had nothing. He was like shaking, his lips were shaking. It's something I'm never gonna ever forget. Like, sometimes I wake up just thinking about it," recalled Cynthia Conner.

She says it all happened so fast. Her nephew managed to get close to the pool without his floaties while she was in the front yard talking to a police officer when someone damaged her fence.

A few minutes later, someone found Drances in the water. It looked like it was too late. The police on the scene asked for backup, which is when Patrolman Ismael Quintana, a father of a two year-old himself, heard the call.

"At first, I was thinking I wasn't going to go, you know, because I was kind of far away, but I ended up, you know, hitting the lights and sirens and going there," said Quintana.

Now, when he got there, he came up running up the driveway and could see Drances laying on the ground. He immediately knew he had to do something.

"Honestly, I've been a police officer for eight years. I've seen some pretty serious stuff, living in the city, being a police officer in the city. That's probably been the only time I've ever been scared, ever been scared," he said.

The exclusive body cam shows the officer and the child's aunt working together, giving chest compressions and breathing for the boy, who eventually came to.


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