Plumber Rescues Toddler Drowning In Lake
Crisp lake water usually soothes away the aches and pains of a long workweek, but for Angelo Mondragon, his day in Colorado's Windsor Lake on July 26, 2015, took a dramatic turn when relaxation and revitalization quickly changed into desperation for respiration.
The 32-year-old plumber from Fort Collins was wading waist-deep when he felt something unusual brush against him from below the lake's surface. "It felt like something you normally wouldn't feel in the water," he told The Coloradoan. "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." At that moment, any notion that his day at Windsor Lake would be a calm and rejuvenating one was over.
Mondragon described the body of 3-year-old Sitlali Hernandez as 'already blue,' so he grabbed the unconscious toddler and rushed toward the shore. 'I was yelling, screaming, terrified,' he recalls in his interview with CBS Denver, below.
A father himself, Mondragon spoke to little Sitlali's mother and told her, 'When I saw the baby's toes, that became my baby.' Once he reached dry land, he was helped by two off-duty certified nurses who immediately performed CPR on the toddler.
He's being hailed as a hero, but those kinds of accolades don't mean much to Mondragon, who feels that he was just doing what any father would do for their child. One thing is for sure, the entire Hernandez family can be grateful that the right person was at the right place at the right time.