A one-year-old kid falls into the family pool. The clock starts ticking.
The mother misses her child and in a panic, rushes to the back yard to face what she herself cannot possibly imagine finding.
Her son is drowning before her very eyes.
She jumps into the pool, yanks the kid out and flees inside the house in a blind panic to call 9-1-1.
Paramedics and law enforcement arrive on the scene. One officer slips in a puddle of water, falls to her knee, yet stands back up and keeps on trucking.
Lives changed forever that day.
The Cosmillo family got their child back. Joey was revived but suffered profound brain damage. He cannot walk or talk and is fed--and breathes--through tubes. He lives in a rehabilitation center because of the care he requires.
Sgt. Andrea Eichhorn later discovered her knee was broken. She lost two months of work. As a result of her fall, she suffers persistent knee pain and will likely develop arthritis.
The officer has decided to sue Joey's family for her fall. They left a mess on the floor, didn't clean it up and she slipped and fell on one knee, all in the line of duty.
Pay the hell up.
It's a Murphy's Law of sorts. According to Eichhorn's attorney, if the Cosmillos had made their pool baby-proof, police would not have been called to the scene, there would have been no water on the floor, and Eichhorn would not have hurt herself.
If I were the Cosmillo family, kneecaps would become my new obsession. I'd be all consumed--intent and focused with finding someone who specialized in kneecaps, someone who could call upon poor Ms. Eichhorn and deliver a very special massage, 'er message, MESSAGE of steely (pipe) condolence for her skeletal loss.
What? Am I wrong?
Where's Tonya Harding when you need her?
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Andrea Eichhorn has dropped her suit against the Cosmillo family. The officer has been suspended with pay until departmental review.
Don't worry, Andrea. I hear Nancy Grace is looking for a substitute while she's out on maternity leave.
Read more about Joey here.