Just over one year ago, a Texas family nearly lost their toddler to a terrible accident. Thanks to the actions of one police officer, she's alive and happy as ever.
Bexley Norvell of Rowlett, Texas was playing with her siblings in the pool. When mom Tammy took the kids inside for a nap, she noticed Bexley's lips turning blue. "She went completely limp," Norvell told ABC News. "It was more than falling asleep. She just collapsed. I looked in her eyes and she was so distant. We had no clue she had swallowed anything."
Bexley had swallowed a penny and was fading fast, so the toddler's dad called 911. Officer Patrick Ray, who was at lunch, immediately left his food to take the call.
As soon as he pulled up to the Norvell's house, Ray dashed out of his patrol car and took Bexley. He checked her mouth and then ran his two fingers over her esophagus until the coin dropped down.
"That's when we heard the most beautiful sound of her squeaking and coughing and crying," Norvell said.
From the time he received the call, it took Ray 27 seconds to save Bexley's life. Now, a year later, Ray and Bexley got together for a special tea party to honor their bond. And of course, it was captured in beautiful images.
"I have two boys, so I don't get to do that type of stuff you do with a little girl," Ray said. "She's a sweetheart. She's my best friend."
The Ray's and the Norvell's friendship extends beyond adorable tea parties though. Ray attended the Norvell's kid's parties, and the families also shared Thanksgiving and Christmas together.
Now more than ever, it's important to look at this beautiful interaction and remember we're all human. For Ray, it was another day at the office. For the Norvell's, it was a life-changing moment of heroism. And for both, it led to an adorable friendship.