Off-duty officer credited with reviving toddler who nearly drowned in Hampton Twp.



HAMPTON, Pa. - Authorities are crediting an off-duty Pittsburgh police officer with reviving a toddler who was found face-down in a shallow pond at Wildwood Highlands Family Fun Center in Hampton Township on Thursday night.

Police and paramedics were called to the family entertainment center on Wildwood Road about 9:30 p.m. for the report of a possible drowning, 911 dispatchers said.

The 2-year-old boy, whose name has not been released, was pulled from the water and taken to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh after the officer, Corey Harcha, performed CPR on him.

“After couple minutes of CPR, he started to come back to,” said Harcha, a six-year veteran. “I waited for responding units and just let them take over.”

Allegheny County police said they are investigating and still don’t know how the boy wound up in a fountain pond at Wildwood Highlands.

“The only thing [his Aunt] told me was that the child wandered away, and that's it,” said Harcha.

Owners of Wildwood Highlands are not talking publicly about the incident, but said their hearts and prayers are with the victim, who is in critical condition.