Near-drowning links veteran Colorado cop, newly minted Texas officer |

Near-drowning links veteran Colorado cop, newly minted Texas officer

Monte Whaley
The Denver Post
Quan Nguyen, right, was inspired to become a police officer when, as a young boy in 1993 his sister drowned in a swimming pool at a party, but a police officer revived her with CPR. That officer, Sgt. Scott Wegscheider, left, saved his sister's life and sparked a deep interest in becoming a police officer. At the graduation of Class #40, 23 recruits became officers and joined the ranks of the Arlington, Texas Police Department. Sgt. Scott Wegscheider, left, of the Brighton, Colordao Police Department attended the ceremony and helped pin Quan's police badge on him. (Mona Reeder/The Dallas Morning News) 04232010xMETRO 04232010xBRIEFING
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BRIGHTON – Maybe it was the age of the girl who was drowning. Or perhaps it was seeing her at the bottom of the pool, with her arms outstretched, seemingly pleading for help, that stuck in Sgt. Scott Wegscheider’s mind.

Whatever the reason, Wegscheider could never shake the image of 10-year-old Kim Nguyen near death in the deep end of a Northglenn swimming pool 17 years ago.

“In all my years of police work, this is the one incident that stuck with me,” said Wegscheider. “I could even tell you the color and design of her swimsuit.”

Wegscheider never thought he’d see Kim again. But then, last month, he got a phone call from her brother, Quan Nguyen.

Quan Nguyen, who was 9 when Wegscheider dove into the pool to save his sister, was asking the veteran cop to pin a policeman’s badge on his chest in the Arlington, Texas, Police Academy graduation ceremony April 22.

Quan Nguyen said he remembered Wegscheider’s bravery and wanted him to be the one to send him out into his career in law enforcement.

Nguyen also wanted Wegscheider to celebrate his graduation with his family, including his sister, Kim, 27, who is in a vegetative state.

“I just really wanted to express how thankful I was that he saved my sister and how he helped me choose my path,” Nguyen said.

Wegscheider was stunned when Nguyen reached him at his office at the Brighton Police Department. “As soon as he told me who his sister was, I knew exactly who he was. I knew there was no way I was not going to that ceremony.”

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