When Brandi Rowntree first saw him in the water, the little boy’s shoes were the only part of him above the surface. Two-year-old Carlos Gonzalez was upside down, and Rowntree pulled him from muck and algae in the pond in North Richland Hills. She was a stranger, but heard calls for help and ran on a day in early June to see what she could do. After seeing that the boy was blue and not breathing, Rowntree performed CPR until North Richland Hills police officers and firefighters arrived and continued efforts to save him.

Carlos was taken to a hospital, and he recovered. Rowntree dialed 911. Though an operator tried to give her CPR instructions, yelling around her at Linda Spurlock Park made it difficult to hear.

Rowntree instead recalled the instructions her mother had offered in her youth and resuscitated the boy to the rhythm of the Bee Gees song “Stayin’ Alive,” North Richland Hills Police Department Chief Jimmy Perdue said. Two officers on motorcycles took the call and headed to the park. One carried Carlos to an arriving firefighter. Rowntree, who lives in Colleyville, was recognized on Monday for her efforts on June 9. She received from the city a certificate of recognition for her lifesaving efforts. “I’m so glad that y’all are here today, and he has a whole long life to live,” Rowntree said as Carlos and his relatives watched from seats in the North Richland Hills city council chambers. Dispatcher Kasey Moreno and North Richland Hills police officers Rafael Cortes and John Hyde previously received Lifesaving Awards for their work in the rescue.

Police on Monday released a two-minute video of the rescue recorded on an officer’s body camera. The video includes a brief 911 exchange between the boy’s aunt and Moreno: Caller: “Um, um, my um, um my nephew he just, he uh fell in the pool and, I mean the lake at Linda Spurlock Park.” Dispatcher: “OK, is he out of the lake?” Caller: “Hurry!”

In the video, as cries can be heard, the officers begin working on reviving the boy who had just been pulled out of the water. Officer: “Still breathing?” Other officer: “Come on, buddy!” Officer: “He’s breathing!”

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