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Albuquerque Firefighter Revives Drowning Girl in Nevada

Friday’s Hero: Firefighter Eddie Torres

December 20, 2013

Albuquerque- Today Mayor Richard J. Berry honored firefighter whose sense of duty and service to others extended far beyond Albuquerque. Firefighter Eddie Torres was in Las Vegas, Nevada when he discovered a young girl drowning in a pool and brought her back to life.

This past summer Torres took a much deserved vacation in Nevada; while lounging by the pool something went terribly wrong. The people at the pool went into a frenzy when it was discovered that a young three year old girl was drowning. The ever-vigilant Torres quickly jumped to her aide to find that the girl was blue and pulse less. Torres snatched the girl up and placed her on her back to clear her airway. Torres administered rescue breaths and compressions until the girl spit up water and was able to breathe once again. After a few moments she was able to talk and communicate with Torres and slowly recover.

Not only was Firefighter Eddie Torres in the right place at the right time, his training and service to others was vital in saving this girl’s life. The City of Albuquerque is proud to have individuals like Torres who always care for those around them, even when it is far from their own community. Because of Torres’ actions, a little girl is able to still swim, play, and live today.