Strangers and first responders work to save a little girl from drowning

OKLAHOMA CITY – The recorded 911 call has been released from a near drowning at an apartment complex.

A maintenance man makes a frantic 911 call for help from the swimming pool at Belle Isle Terrace apartments.

Caller:  “We’ve got a drowning, drowning child. I need, I need a response right away

911 Operator: “Is she awake?”

Caller:  “No, No.”

911 Operator: “Is she breathing?”

Caller:  “No.”

911 Operator: “I’m trying to get her to breathe.”

The caller does everything he can to help the little girl.

911 Operator: “Okay I’ve got the paramedics headed that way. I want you to stay on the line and I’ll tell you exactly what to do next.”

911 Operator: “I’m right by her now; I do believe that she is already deceased.”

The operator walks him through CPR.

911 Operator: “Can you feel or hear any breathing?”

Caller:  “No.”

Then officer Chase Ladd with Oklahoma City Police jumped over the pool fence.

He says he continued life-saving procedures on the child.

“When I arrived I saw a little girl on the concrete next to the pool and a maintenance man standing next to her,” said Ladd. “She had foam coming out of her mouth and she had no pulse, so she wasn’t breathing at all.”

Although he’s well trained, this was his first time performing CPR on the job.

Ladd said, “The biggest thing going through my mind was ‘I don’t want to see a kid die next to a pool because she drowned.'”

NewsChannel 4 was told the five-year-old girl had a pulse when she was rushed to the hospital, but remains in critical condition.