Eleven-year-old Ally Hatch and her family visited firefighters at Moreno Valley Fire Station 91 this week to thank them for helping save her life after she nearly drowned in her grandparents' swimming pool.
Firefighters from Station 91 and Station 99 were called to the Moreno Valley home last month after Ally was found unconscious at the bottom of the pool.
A dispatcher talked Ally's mother through how to administer CPR until firefighters arrived.
Ally spent several days in a medically induced coma and was released from the hospital after just five days. She wanted to make sure she thanked the people who came to her rescue.
“The firefighters were so wonderful and kind,” said Tiffany Hatch of her family’s trip to Fire Station 91. “They hugged her and welcomed her and explained the equipment they used to help save her life. They were just great.”
Tiffany is using her daughter's near-drowning experience as an opportunity to educate people about the importance of learning CPR, which she credits with giving her daughter a second chance at life.
“I encourage everyone to learn CPR,” Hatch said. “That was the difference in the outcome.”
The City offers an American Heart Association CPR and first aid class at the Moreno Valley Conference & Recreation Center.
The next class will be Tuesday, June 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Resident Fee: $49 Non-resident Fee: $64 A $20 materials fee is due on the first day of class.
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