Alberta woman honoured in Arizona for rescuing tot from sewage tank

Sundre woman Chelsea Cunningham is honoured at a Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 ceremony for her efforts in...

Sundre woman Chelsea Cunningham is honoured at a Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 ceremony for her efforts in helping save a toddler who fell into a septic tank in Maricopa, Arizona. Photo courtesy Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Renato Gandia, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:43 PM ET

The life-saving act of an Alberta woman, who helped rescue a toddler who fell into a septic tank in Arizona, is being hailed as a hero.

Chelsea Cunningham of Sundre, Alta., and two others rescued a two-year-old girl who had plunged into a sewage tank behind the Farmerís Market in Maricopa, Ariz., on Saturday.

The drama took place as the girl chased her dog into a nearby dirt area, county officials said in a news release.

When the child stepped on the cracked cover of a septic tank, it flipped open and the child fell in, going completely under the sewage.

The childís mother screamed for help, catching the attention of a few Good Samaritans.

Two men immediately jumped in and swam around until one felt the childís hair.

She was pulled up and handed off to Cunningham, who performed CPR and mouth-to-mouth until the child started breathing on her own again.


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