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Quick thinking and response saved girl from drowning in Harford

A young girl was flown to a Baltimore hospital Wednesday after bystanders saved her from drowning in a pool outside a residence near Dublin in northern Harford County.

Emergency personnel credited quick thinking and response by people at the home with saving her life.

Around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Harford County sheriff's deputies and members of the Darlington Volunteer Fire Company were dispatched to a home in the 1300 block of Quaker Church Road in response to calls about someone in cardiac arrest, possibly related to drowning, according to Dave Williams, spokesman for the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS association.

When emergency personnel arrived they found a 6-year-old girl, Williams said. The girl was conscious, but showed signs of recent distress.

Personnel learned people at the home saw the girl in the pool, where she had been swimming, pulled her out and began CPR while someone else at the home called 9-1-1, Williams said.

"It looks like that made all the difference in this girl's survival," Williams said.

The girl, along with her parents, was visiting family friends, according to a later release from the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association.

The girl was flown by state police Medevac helicopter to Johns Hopkins Pediatric Intensive Care unit for treatment. Her parents were on the way to the hospital as of 7 p.m. Wednesday. Williams said the girl was doing well Thursday.

The people who conducted life-saving measures were guests at the party, and Williams said their actions were vital and could warrant nominations for awards through Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, or MIEMSS.

"This is the second incident within the last 10 days in Harford County where citizen initiated CPR has played a vital role in saving a life," the news release says.

At the end of last month, quick thinking bystanders were credited with saving another life with CPR, according to a separate release from the Harford County Volunteer Fire and EMS Association.

On July 25, a 56-year-old man was at PNC Bank in the 2400 block of Whiteford Road in Whiteford when he collapsed. Bank employees started CPR and EMS personnel continued life saving measures when they arrived. The man is expected to make a full recovery.

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