FLORIDA – Lake Placid firefighters and a police officer rescue a child trapped underneath a pontoon dock.
The police department released body camera footage Friday of officer David Rhoden and firefighter Fafael Ramos’ rescue on May 22.
Rhoden claims that when he heard the call for a child lodged under a dock, he expected the worst. “I immediately thought the kid was pinned under water,” he said.
The footage shows volunteer firefighter Rafael Ramos looking for a way to swim under the pontoons to reach the child.
Both officers told reporters they were relieved to find the terrified child starring back at them. “His head was above water and he had a terrified look on his face and he was crying so I knew he had some air and was breathing,” Rhoden told ABC Action News. “But, the water was going back and forth on him.”
Rhoden and other firefighters on the scene lifted the dock as Ramos swam under to free the child.
The boy walked away physically unscathed after the incident.
“I told him if he could kneel down a little and he put his shoulders to the side and slid right in,” Ramos said.
“It’s not very often I get to see a good outcome like that especially where it could’ve been extremely bad,” Rhoden said. “If his head was underwater we would’ve been dealing with a fatality. So, it was nice to look back at it and see he was fine and I had a part in that.”
Watch raw footage of the heroic rescue below:
Bodycam footage shows two police officers risking their lives to free a child trapped beneath a boat dock in Florida. pic.twitter.com/vjZXZ0Oylj
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