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To my hero...thank you for saving my life

To my hero...thank you for saving my life

Just a couple weeks ago, Officer Coyle was spending his birthday at the National Night Out event at Fullerton’s Gilbert Park, when he received a surprise visit from 8-year-old David Gonzalez, whose life he saved five years ago.

David and his family came to thank him one more time, and of course, wish him happy birthday. While they were at it, David and his sister Emily took a photo with Coyle and Officer Tim Haid and his K9 partner Rotar. Officer Haid was also there on scene to help David that day.

“David wouldn’t be there without them,” said his mom Kim Gonzalez. “Every year when the anniversary passes, I think about how grateful I am, and I’m glad they have kept in touch with us. They are all good people.”

For Coyle, it’s an anniversary he’ll never forget.

“Everybody always ask me what is the scariest call that I’ve been on,” Coyle said. “I’d rather go on a call with a guy holding a gun than go to those calls where a kid is in trouble. That I actually saved someone is something that will stick with me the rest of my life.”

Coyle and his partner at the time Corp. John Ema responded to a call about a child in the bottom of a pool on July 26, 2009 at around 11 a.m.

When the officers arrived, the father was bringing David, who was 3 at the time, out of the water and trying to do CPR right in the pool. Corp. Ema picked the boy up and carried him to a patio area where the officers began CPR.

“We did that for several minutes but it felt like 30 minutes,” Coyle said. “He spit up water a couple times and gasped for air.”

Over the years, the family kept in touch Coyle and the others to thank them for saving young David’s life. They give Coyle gifts for his birthday and they always come in the Fullerton Police headquarters at Christmas to drop off gifts and cards.