A Kansas police officer interrupted his response to an armed robbery and saved a drowning autistic child instead.
On Sunday, Officer Aaron Bulmer spotted a little boy walking alone toward Topeka’s Central Park.
Bulmer stopped his patrol car, got out, and was walking toward the boy when he fell into the water and became submerged.
The officer jumped into the pond, took hold of the boy, and raised his head above water as a passerby rushed over to assist.
Bulmer frantically radioed for an ambulance as the child cried. He then handed the boy to the passerby and recommended that the woman remove her jacket to warm the boy until help arrived.
It was later learned that the boy is autistic and had left his parents’ home several blocks away without them noticing. The parents were reunited with their son at a local hospital where he was examined, found to be without serious injury, and released.
In an interview with The Topeka Capital Journal, Bulmer said “I believe that God put me into that situation. He allowed me to be in the right place at the right time.
“It definitely would have been a drowning if I would have been 30 seconds to a minute later. That kid would have drowned. He was flailing his arms and his head was fully submerged — you can actually see that on the video.”
Watch the rescue, recorded by Bulmer’s bodycam, below.
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