Kailua couple awarded for rescuing toddler

Published On: Feb 19 2014 08:04:00 PM HST

Two neighbors received awards for rushing to save a child after her father reportedly tried to drown her in a Kailua backyard swimming pool.

HONOLULU -

Two neighbors received awards for rushing to save a child on Christmas Day. The child's father reportedly tried to drown her in a Kailua backyard swimming pool.

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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 two years old.

Police say when the Geronimos looked over the fence, they noticed the child motionless in a swimming pool and Morton at the bottom. The couple pulled the child out. The two-year-old keiki survived, but her father did not.

"They quickly went into the neighbors yard where Tino jumped into the pool and the child was pulled out," said Capt. Dagan Tsuchida of the Honolulu Police Department. "He and his wife began CPR and were able to revive the child."

Geronimo jumped back into pool and grabbed the father from the bottom of pool. Another neighbor tried to revive him with CPR before he was rushed to the hospital.

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