WMUR – An incredible live-saving rescue was caught on police body cam video after a Vermont State Trooper dove into an icy pond to save a young girl last month.
Vermont State Trooper Michelle Archer responded to a home on Dec. 17 after a report that an 8-year-old girl and her 6-year-old sibling had fallen through ice into a pond on their property while playing.
Archer, who was on patrol in the area, was able to get to the pond less than five minutes after the call and quickly dove into the icy waters with a rope and flotation device to rescue the child, according to police. The other child had already been rescued by the nearby homeowner.
Archer was able to successfully bring the child out of the water and hand her off to Trooper Keith Cote, who took her to a waiting ambulance for treatment … read more.
Vermont State Police
An 8-year-old girl from Cambridge has made a full recovery after falling through ice into a pond last month at a home on East View Road.
The incident happened at about 8:50 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 17, 2023, when the girl and several siblings were playing near and on the surface of pond, which is on private property. The thin ice gave way, and two children fell into the water.
The 80-year-old homeowner was able to reach and pull to safety a 6-year-old girl who was close to shore, but the 8-year-old was further away, near the center of the deep pond. The homeowner called 911.
Trooper Michelle Archer was on routine patrol and happened to be nearby at the time. She arrived on scene less than five minutes after the call. She grabbed a department-issued throw rope and flotation device from her cruiser, removed her duty belt, entered the near-freezing pond without hesitation and swam to the girl.
Trooper Archer secured the girl and swam back to shore, where Trooper Keith Cote, who had just responded to the scene, carried the girl to a waiting Cambridge Rescue ambulance.
The girl was brought to the University of Vermont Medical Center in Burlington for treatment of injuries that were initially believed to be life-threatening. She has since made a complete recovery and returned home.
Trooper Archer changed into warm, dry clothes and did not require medical treatment. Vermont State Police leadership have commended Troopers Archer and Cote and the homeowner for their selfless, heroic conduct, and all three have been recommended to receive the agency’s Lifesaving Award.
Body-camera video of the rescue recorded by Trooper Archer is available at this link: