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Coralville woman saves 2 year old from drowning

CORALVILLE (KWWL) --Leah Rohlf was enjoying the unseasonably warm weather with her two children and a group of friends at a Coralville park Tuesday, when she noticed an unsupervised toddler

"Some people let their kids wander a little further, I said something to a friend and I asked should we worry about that?" Rohlf said.

Rohlf later saw the boy dart towards the pond.

She immediately chased after him and found him face down in the water.

"He was a good four feet out, face down, he wasn't coming up for air any more.  He was thrashing back and forth.

Rohlf was able to pull the boy out from the pond.  The boy's caretaker came running over a few minutes later, saying she had lost track of him.  The two-year-old boy was okay.  He did not receive any medical attention.

Police applaud Rohlf's proactive approach.

"In having those instincts we have as moms to keep our eye out, see a kid doing that, and say hey, I know what that kid is going to do next, and took the action she needed to, she didn't wait," said Iowa City Police Sgt. Denise Brotherton.

As more people spend time outside this spring, police are asking for people to be aware of their surroundings.

"Everyone's out and about now. There's bicyclists out, there's kids out. Even when parents are right there, kids can dart out," Brotherton said.

Rohlf has remained humble in spite of her heroic effort.  Her proactive effort saved a life.

Online Reporter:  Jason Epner

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