‘I did CPR, he was checking vitals’: How a resort guest and a UPS driver saved a little girl from drowning

SOAP LAKE, Wash. — A little girl is recovering in the hospital after two people saved her from drowning at the Smokiam RV Resort in Grant County.

Shelan Khoshnaw was staying at the resort and Brian Walters, a local UPS driver, was on his route when they jumped in to help.

Khoshnaw was in the main office asking staff for an upgraded place. Walters had just dropped off packages when he heard someone yell.

“I thought he said ‘drown, drowning.’ I just stopped. I thought that’s what I heard and he said it a couple of more times,” Walters said.

The man brought the little girl from the pool to inside the resort’s main lobby.

Video from the resort shows Walters jump in alongside Khoshnaw, who did compressions on the girl for minutes.

“He came and I did CPR, he was checking vitals, he did CPR. He was checking vitals, which was really great,” Khoshnaw said.

Walters has about 15 years of volunteer firefighter skills under his belt. He was also a reserved police officer, so he had a bit of training. But Khoshnaw?

“He was like, ‘What? Are you a nurse?’ I was like ‘I’ve never done this before, but I’ve just seen it on TV,’” she said. “Motherly instincts came in and I was like, ‘I’m not letting this child go anywhere.’”

As they did CPR, they called 911.

“Thank God she started breathing again. She wasn’t fully conscious but she was breathing. She was completely blue when she came in and that was it. And then the paramedics came, the police officers came. It was all good,” Khoshnaw said.

The young girl is doing okay now because of their quick actions. Her family says she is talking and being monitored at the hospital.

“I just broke down. I cried and I hugged the mom and I was like ‘I’m so thankful she’s breathing, she’s doing good now. It’s all in the EMTs hands. We’re good, I think we did good,’” Khoshnaw said.

“That’s a huge weight off of my shoulders to know that. That we did give her a chance to be a normal kid again,” Walters said. “I don’t know where she’s at or exactly how she’s doing. Hopefully, she’s going to make a full recovery and be back doing the same thing she was, swimming and being a kid.”

After bringing the girl back and breathing again, police then arrived and paramedics took over the scene.

On Thursday, the two watched back the surveillance video of them helping the young girl. Khosnaw became emotional, saying it was hard to watch back.

Khoshnaw and Walters are now being hailed as heroes. The RV Resort thanked them with money and compensation at the RV resort for jumping in and giving the little girl another chance at life.