Officer Bailey Ordoyne and Detective James Sanchez of the Bay St. Louis Police Department were honored Tuesday at the Bay St. Louis City Counclll meeting for their efforts three days before Christmas last year to rescue then-15-month-old Harleigh Spain.
"On Dec. 22, 2018, these officers arrived first to the scene of a missing child, 15-month-old Harleigh, who was found minutes later by her family, drowned in a bayou and unresponsive," Chief Gary Ponthieux, Jr., said on the department's Facebook page. "Both officers acted immediately and began performing life saving measures until medical units arrived.
"As a direct result of their efforts, Harleigh is recovering at home with her family, and in addition she and her mother were able to attend the ceremony and reunite with the officers and firemen on scene that night."
Just after 9 o'clock on the night of Dec. 22, police received a report that a child was missing in the Dolphin Street area. Moments later, emergency officials were dispatched to the same area for a report of a child drowning.
Ordoyne and Sanchez were the first on the scene.
Reportedly, they saw a lady coming from a backyard bayou, carrying Harleigh, took the girl from the woman's arms and started CPR. Firefighters arrived moments later and assisted at the scene, until a unit from American Medical Response arrived and transferred her to Ochsner Medical -- Hancock Center, where she was stabilized before being air-lifted to Children's Hospital in New Orleans.
Both Ordoyne and Sanchez received Life Saving Medals and the other first-responders were honored for their efforts to save Harleigh.
Since the incident, Harleigh has been through a tough, expensive recovery. Her mom, Kashmir Spain, said she was dead for more than 70 minutes before doctors were able to revive her.
You can learn more at Facebook/HopeForHarleigh.