Glendale police officer hailed as hero for saving 2-year-old girl from near-drowning

GLENDALE, Ariz. (KSAZ) - A Glendale police officer is being hailed as a hero for helping save the life of a 2-year-old toddler after a near-drowning.

Glendale police say officers were responding to a call of someone in crisis at a home near 59th Avenue and Cactus Road on August when a father began pounding on the front door asking for help.

Officer Jacob Gonzales ran to the front door where the father was holding the lifeless 2-year-old girl in his arms. The father was asking for help, saying that the girl had drowned in the family's pool.

Officer Gonzales laid the child on the ground and began performing infant CPR.

An ambulance and Glendale firefighters arrived at the scene and continued life-saving efforts on the child.