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Crews rescue mother, child in Appomattox River: 'I've never been more proud'

January 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Hopewell Police have launched a criminal investigation after a child was rescued and resuscitated after an attempted drowning in the Appomattox River Monday morning.

With water temperatures in the high 40s, Hopewell Police Lt. Mike Langford says everyone responded to the area, detectives, patrol officers, and Fire & EMS. Police arrived first at the scene. "At least 3 officers went into the water," said Langford.

They immediately began rendering medical attention. Susan Gill was watching as Hopewell Police and Fire and EMS brought the child to the top of the hill. "Going above and beyond and showing that compassion and empathy and doing what they need to do to get the job done and to save lives," said Gill. "The police department had started CPR, we continued with CPR with the baby and did advanced life support procedures with the baby, actually here on the side of the road, while the ambulance got here," said Hopewell Fire & EMS Chief Donny Hunter. The Hopewell Fire Department was able to resuscitate the child prior to being transported to VCU Medical Center for further medical attention.

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