“At that Moment, That Became My Child. I Reached in and I Pulled Her Out like I Would Any of My Babies”

On 26 July 2015, Angelo Mondragon, age 32, was swimming in Windsor Lake in Windsor, Colorado, when he felt sometime brush against his feet. He looked down and saw the feet of three- or four-year-old Sitlali Hernandez, who was drowning. Mr. Mondragon, the father of three children, said, “It felt like something you normally wouldn’t feel in the water. I did sort of a back kick to bring up whatever it was, and then I saw the bottom of a baby’s foot float up.” He added, “I saw just the bottom of her feet and then right then at that moment, that became my child. I reached in and I pulled her out like I would any of my babies.” He added, “I grabbed her and carried her limp body to the shore. The girl was already blue. She wasn’t breathing.” As he carried her to the beach, he yelled for people to call 911. On the beach, two off-duty nurses revived the little girl, who had not been wearing a life vest and who was taken by ambulance to Children’s Hospital in Aurora, where she was later pronounced in good condition.

For Further Information:

“Hero Meets Little Girl After Pulling Her From Water.” CBS (Denver, Colorado). 27 July 2015


Adrian D. Garcia, “Fort Collins man saves toddler from drowning in Windsor Lake.” Coloradoan. 31 July 2015


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