DENVER — It was a meeting that almost didn't happen.
The heroes who saved the life of 6-year-old Zakiyah Williams, who fell through the ice in a pond at the Addison at Cherry Creek Apartments, met to share gratitude two days later.
Zakiyah Williams was in the hospital in serious condition for two days after the incident.
Her family says she is still alive because of the quick actions of everyone involved, from the first responders to the good Samaritan neighbors who jumped into action as soon as they saw her fall in.
"It was like a puzzle. Every piece had to go together for it to work, and the puzzle got put together so fast it saved my daughter's life," said Walter Williams, Zakiyah Williams's father. "I just want to say thank you to all of them. They saved [her] and she wouldn't be here if it wasn't for them."
Two deputies with the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office came to the apartment complex where the Williams family lived. Deputy Blaine Moulton and Deputy Justin Dillard were on scene and part of the rescue effort. Civilian Dusti Talavera, who herself fell into the water trying to save Zakiyah Williams, also joined the meeting.
"I am speechless. I'm just blessed enough to see her face and see their faces," Talavera said. "It's a very happy ending and it doesn't always work out that way, and I'm so glad it did."