A Colorado plumber is being hailed a hero after reportedly saving a toddler from drowning in a lake by being in the “right spot at the right time.”
Angelo Mondragon told the Coloradoan that he was visiting Windsor Lake with his family in July when he felt something bump up against his leg.
“It felt like something you normally wouldn't feel in the water,” he said. “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."
Mondragon quickly pulled the girl up and out of the lake. He began screaming for her family and others around to call 911.
“I grabbed her and carried her limp body to the shore,” he said. “The girl was already blue. She wasn't breathing."
The plumber and two off-duty nurses performed CPR before emergency workers arrived and rushed 3-year-old Sitlali Hernandez to the hospital in an ambulance. She was later reported to be in good condition.
“If I was not in that right spot at the right time, it could have been a search and rescue mission,” Mondragon said.
“As I told the little girl's mom, when I saw the baby's toes that became my baby," he added.
Mondragon subsequently began working with local residents and businesses to collect life vests for those who don’t have their own or can’t afford them.
“The baby was not wearing a life vest,” he said. “If she was wearing one, the whole situation could have been different.”