Vermont State Trooper saves girl from an Icy Pond

NBC News

Jackie Powell

Thursday, January 18th, 2024 11:30am

In the heart of Vermont, a tale of heroism unfolded that has left the community in awe. A Vermont State Police trooper, whose courage and quick thinking saved the life of an 8-year-old girl, has become a beacon of hope and a testament to the dedication of law enforcement officers. On a frigid winter day, the tranquility of the Vermont landscape was disrupted by a distress call. An 8-year-old girl and her 6-year-old sister had fallen into a freezing pond near Cambridge, Vermont. The 80-year-old property owner was able to get the 6-year-old to safety but was unable to reach the 8-year-old near the center of the pond. The call was received by the Vermont State Police, who immediately dispatched Trooper Michelle Archer, who thankfully was only minutes away, to the scene.

With great effort, Archer managed to pull the girl back to the shore where Trooper Keith Cote checked if the girl was okay before rushing her to an ambulance that was already on site.  The child was taken to a hospital in Burlington with injuries that at first were thought to be life threatening but amazingly she made a full recovery and is now back home.

The community has hailed Trooper Archer and Cote as heroes. Their bravery and dedication to duty have not only saved a life but also served as a reminder of the selfless service that law enforcement officers provide every day. The Vermont State Police Department has commended Archer for her heroic act, reinforcing their commitment to the safety and well-being of the community and recommend the two troopers as well as the 80-year-old property owner for the agencies life saving award.

This incident serves as a stark reminder of the dangers that can lurk even in the most serene settings. It also underscores the importance of teaching children about the risks associated with icy bodies of water. However, above all, it highlights the bravery, dedication, and quick thinking of our law enforcement officers, who are always ready to risk their lives to save others.  In the end, the story of Trooper Archer and the 8-year-old girl she saved from a freezing pond is one of hope, courage, and community. It's a testament to the everyday heroes among us, who, without hesitation, step up when duty calls.

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