A Utah police officer pounded on a frozen pond in New Harmony until it gave away and then dove into the water to save an 8-year-old boy on Christmas day. The officer saved the boy’s life but he does not want to be labeled as a hero.
The sheriff’s officer Sgt. Aaron Thompson from Washington County responded to a rescue call after the child’s friend standing near the pond called for help late on Monday, according to the authorities.
Reports state that the boy was chasing his dog when he ran on the pond and fell through the ice. The authorities have not made the boy’s name public, and his current condition has also not been disclosed.
The authorities, however, said that the police officer suffered cuts, bruises, and symptoms of hypothermia. He was reportedly back to work on Tuesday.
“You never know exactly what you’re going to get into,” Thompson told reporters on Tuesday. “I just made the decision that I was going to go get him,” NBC News reported. Thompson is a rescue diver by training and a former member of the sheriff’s dive team.
The officer said that he walked out on the ice a few feet and began to punch the ice with his bare hands. Thompson, however, said that “the ice got thicker, and I couldn’t break it with my arms and my fists.”
“So I started to jump up and down on it using my body weight,” and it eventually gave way, the officer added. He then dived to the bottom of the pond to assess the temperature and clarity of the freezing water and noted that the chances of rescuing the boy alive looked promising.
“The clearer the water, the colder the water, the younger the individual,” the better chance you have of rescuing someone alive, Thompson said.