A fun dip in the pool was all that 10-year-old Jayla Dallis and 3-year-old Kali Dallis were just hoping to have a few weeks ago at the Savoy Apartment Complex in Chamblee, Georgia. Splashing around in the sunny afternoon was the only thing on their agenda, but it took an unexpected turn that sent one of them to the hospital.
In the surveillance footage that was recorded, the video shows the younger sister, Kali jumping into the shallow end of the pool with her float on. And as she did so, she started submerging and her float came off, gasping for air and trying to come up to the surface. Thankfully, on the other side was Jayla, who jumped into action the moment she saw her little sister drowning.
She ran towards the other end and jumped into the pool, saving Kali from what would have been an extremely tragic end. “She was like heavy, so I had to pull her by her hair and then I grabbed her by her waist and pulled her up,” Jayla said, as reported by WAFB 9. Without wasting time to even think, the 10-year-old’s quick action got Kali to the edge of the pool, after which, her aunt and the apartment’s operations manager gave her CPR in turns.
An onlooker who saw the entire incident called up 911 and the recording caught the person saying, “We’ve been out here, probably, for two minutes, but we need someone here.”
“I was sitting in the back of the police department, in my patrol car, checking reports,” said Sgt. Ed Lyons, who is with the Chamblee Police Department. The moment he found out about Kali, he could only think of his own 6-year-old daughter and how devastating it would be for any girl to be in Kali’s place.
As he rushed to the site where Kali was, his body camera was able to capture everything going on. “I saw my little girl laying there, same kind of little bathing suit she wears,” Sgt. Ed Lyons said. “Same little hair pulled up in a little bun up top. You know you kind of have to push past that and do what you’re trained to do.” Although he had to fight thoughts of his own daughter, he did what he needed to do to keep Kali alive.
Sgt. Ed Lyons made sure that Kali was showing signs of life and did everything he could to calm her down. “There you go honey,” the video recorded him saying. “There you go! Keep blowing it out! We’ve got a definite pulse.”
While the worst was avoided, Kali was still in critical condition and she was rushed to the hospital. Once the doctors examined her, they couldn’t even be sure if she would be able to make it through. When their mother reached the hospital, she found Kali attached to a ventilator and things weren’t looking positive at the time.
However, Jayla’s heroic efforts didn’t go in vain. She was able to save her sister’s life and in a matter of a couple of weeks, Kali was back in action, almost like the terrible incident didn’t happen at all. Kali had made it through an extremely difficult recovery and owes it to her sister’s brave act for having saved her from the unimaginable. For her mother, Daneshia Dallis, both Jayla, and Sgt. Ed Lyons are heroes and when asked about him, the mother said, “Oh my God! A lifesaver!”
She doesn’t doubt that what happened at the pool that day was a miracle. “It’s amazing,” the mother said. “It’s a miracle. Don’t take your eyes off of them. All the floats are not safe. Be careful. Watch your kids.”
Watch Jayla step up and be the hero that her little sister needed.