An LAFD airborne paramedic carries a baby to a waiting helicopter after the little girl reportedly fell into a toilet in her Sun Valley home on Nov. 27,
An LAFD airborne paramedic carries a baby to a waiting helicopter after the little girl reportedly fell into a toilet in her Sun Valley home on Nov. 27, 2012. (Mike Meadows/Special to the Daily News)

A woman screaming.

That's all Officer Leroy Alley and Sgt. Roland Fogel knew as they headed to a house in Sun Valley this week.

What they found when they arrived explained the screaming: A woman raced up to them holding a blue, nearly lifeless child in her arms.

Los Angeles police released new details Friday of how two officers saved the life of a 1-year-old girl who had fallen into a toilet while playing.

The call came out just after 9:50 a.m. Tuesday from a house on Laurel Canyon Boulevard just south of Roscoe Boulevard.

As Alley and Fogel arrived and walked through the gate, a woman came running out of the house holding a child in her arms and begging the officers to save her.

She handed the girl to Alley, explaining she had tried CPR to no avail.

"The baby's hair was dripping with water, her face was blue and her eyes were rolled back. She wasn't breathing," Alley, a five-year veteran, said in a department statement.

The officers weren't available for interviews Friday.

Fogel, a 13-year veteran of the LAPD and a former firefighter, called for an ambulance as Alley put the baby face down on his forearm to try to expel the water from the girl's lungs. Both officers rubbed and patted the child's back, and within about 15 seconds, she began crying.

"When the baby started crying, it was just an extraordinary feeling for both of us," Fogel said.

Officers are trained in basic lifesaving, but not every officer has to put that training into action. Sgt. Thomas Wunsch, a Foothill Division supervisor who's been with the LAPD nearly 30 years, said he's never had a similar experience.

A Los Angeles Fire Department helicopter landed at Sun Valley Middle School and flew the girl to Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She was later released and was back home.

Police said the infant was playing with a 3-year-old sibling when she fell head-first into a toilet.

The toddler called for help, but had apparently locked the door. Their mother kicked it in and found the baby in the toilet.

"If it had not been for the quick thinking of Sgt. Fogel and Officer Alley, this story may have had a much different ending," said Lt. Patty Blake, a supervisor in the Foothill Division.

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