Two fast-acting cops saved a Staten Island girl who stopped breathing because of an asthma attack.
Officers Iryna Timofeeva, 35, and Michal Drozd, 36, rushed to the girl’s St. George home on Tuesday and took over from her father, who had started giving CPR while on the phone with a 911 dispatcher.
The officers took turns compressing the 7-year-old’s chest for two torturous minutes before she finally heaved for air.
“When she took her first breath, it was such a relief. I had tears in my eyes,” Timofeeva said Wednesday. “I came home yesterday and gave a hug to everybody, my mom, my son. It’s very emotional.”
A few minutes later, the girl, whose name was not released, was taken by ambulance to a hospital where she continued to recover.
Timofeeva and her partner Drozd said they visited the little girl later that day and gave her a stuffed animal — a dog — to keep her company.
Unable to speak through her ventilation mask, the little girl thanked the officers with a smile, the officers said.
“It was the best smile,” Timofeeva said. “It’s moments like yesterday that remind me why I became a police officer.”
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