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Quick response by BPD possibly saved a juvenile's life

Posted at 8:40 PM, Oct 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-24 23:40:58-04

A quick response and action possibly saved a juvenile's life according to a Facebook post shared by the Bakersfield Police Department.


On September 24 at approximately 6 p.m., Bakersfield Police Department received a call for a service near 1700 Duke Drive for a 2 1/2 year old juvenile who had fallen into a swimming pool.

The call was initially handled by BPD's communications center and then transferred to Bakersfield Fire Department.

Within a minute of the call being broadcast via police radio, officers John Ryan, Nicole Madsen and Zachary Burdick placed themselves enroute to the scene. According to police, when they arrived on scene the officers learned that the juvenile was turning blue.

Officers rushed to the backyard and officers Ryan and Burdick grabbed the child from the mother while officer Madsen tended to a loose pit bull in the yard that was attempting to bite the officers.

Officers Ryan and Burdick subsequently provided life saving measures and the juvenile sput up a large amount of water and began to breathe normally once again. 

Medical aid arrived on the scene and then transported the juvenile to a local hospital.

BPD reported that if not for the quick action that took place, the juvenile's condition could have been much worse and may have resulted in loss of life.