Neighbors awarded for saving 2-year-old Kailua girlUPDATED 8:12 PM HST Feb 19, 2014Video Transcript
Recognized for saving a young girl on Christmas Day. Two neighbors received awards for rushing to save the child after her father reportedly tried to drown her in a Kailua backyard swimming pool. Joelryne and Tino Geronimo received Civilian Certificates of Merit at the Honolulu Police Department Quarter Awards Ceremony. Police say the couple was home when they heard splashing in their neighbor's backyard. Neighbors identified the man as 36-year-old Thomas Morton... His child was 2 years old. Police say when the Geronimo's looked over the fence they noticed the child motionless in swimming pool- and Morton at the bottom! They pulled the child out ... She survived. Her father did not. 614 THEY QUICKLY WENT INTO THE NEIGHBORS YARD WHERE TINO JUMPED INTO THE POOL AND THE CHILD WAS PULLED OUT 621 HE AND HIS WIFE BEGAN CPR AND WERE ABLE TO REVIVE THE CHILD 625 Geronimo jumped back into pool and grabbed the man from the bottom of pool- another neighbor tried to revive him with CPR before he was rushed to the hospital.