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Two Appleton Police officers honored for saving child's life

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Posted at 1:50 PM, Jul 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-10 14:50:02-04

APPLETON (NBC 26) — Two officers received an award for saving a child's life last year, the Appleton Police Department announced Saturday.

The incident happened on September 21, 2020, when officers responded to a report of a child who had been strangled with a dog leash. According to police, a 9-year-old girl became entangled in a dog leash while playing with her dog.

Appleton Police said when Officer Zieman arrived on the scene, the child was unresponsive and blue. Officer Zieman had difficulty finding a pulse and found the child’s breathing to be ineffective. Officer Zieman began CPR and was assisted by Lt. Holdorf, who police said held C-Spine.

Police said the child soon began labored breathing on her own and was able to be stabilized to be taken to a hospital. She was eventually flown to Children’s Hospital-Milwaukee where she was able to make a full recovery.

The Appleton Police credit the quick response of the officers with saving the girl's life. Police said the two officers received the Lifesaving Award.