A Glendale crew saved its third drowning victim in 2018 by being in the right place at the right time.
Ladder 157 responded to its third drowning call Sunday evening near 59th Avenue and Cactus Road while in the area for an unrelated call.
All three children have been able to make full recoveries, the Glendale Fire Department said.
On Sunday they were alerted to an unresponsive 2-year-old girl found in the family pool.
With the help of a Glendale police officer, and the fire and ambulance crews, the girl is expected to be released from the hospital this week.
Glendale Fire said time has been key to the crew’s 100 percent success rate in drowning calls.
“It only takes a few seconds to lose track of a child around water, and it only takes a few seconds to have irreversible consequences,” the department states. “These types of calls do not go without impact on the crews. All of the men have children at home and these calls have an emotional impact.
“Even if it is a good outcome, at some point they were holding a limp child in their arms. They do anything they can to save these children and they give their all in the moments they are with them.
“They do this in hopes to go home to their own families safe and sound so that they can hug their children a little tighter. There are no words to express the relief a crew feels when they hear the cries of a child, that just moments before was blue and not breathing. Thankfully this story ended just that way.”
August is Drowning Awareness Month.