A Utah police officer braved a frozen pond to rescue an 8-year-old boy on Christmas. According to local reports, his quick, heroic actions saved the boy’s life.
Washington County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Aaron Thompson was one of the first officials to respond to 5:30 p.m. reports that a boy who was chasing a dog had fallen into the pond. According to the reports, the boy was accompanied by another child, who witnessed the incident and called for help.
Sergeant Thompson reportedly entered the pond without any equipment, punching through the ice to reach the boy, who had gone in approximately 25 feet from the shore, according to Fox 13.
Thompson reported that with the thicker ice, he was unable to break it with his arms and fists.
“I had to jump up on top of the ice, putting my weight on it, and then pound on it to get it to break,” he said during a news conference.
Thompson finally broke through and submerged himself in the pond until the water level reached his neck.
“I couldn’t feel anything, I didn’t notice anything when I was doing it,” Thompson reported about the incident, according to the Associated Press. “I knew that time was of the essence. I had a very short window to get that child out of the water.”
He found the boy beneath the surface of the ice shortly after entering the frigid water. Thompson and another citizen helped to get the boy out of the pond.
According to the AP, rescuers said the boy was in the 37-degree water for approximately 30 minutes.
Thompson and the boy he saved were both transferred to the hospital and treated. Thompson was reportedly treated for abrasions on his arms, as well as hypothermia.
The young boy was hospitalized, but the status of his condition was not disclosed as of Tuesday evening.
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