A Utah officer is now being hailed to be a hero after he?PUNCHED THROUGH ICE?to rescue an 8 year-old boy at a pond.
The incident occurred Monday afternoon on Xmas day since the?child was “chasing his dog while he fell through the ice”,?in line with authorities.
Sgt. Aaron Thompson rushed towards scene in southern New Harmony right after the boy’s friend had required help when he was not able to pull him the water.
The officer—a qualified diver and former person the Sheriffs Diving Team—said, “You will never know exactly what you’re getting into” after he received the letter for help, “I really determined we was going to go get him.”
When he reached it he walked on the ice and started to thump it in reference to his hands although:
“…the ice got thicker, and i also couldn’t break it with my arms and my fists…Thus i started to jump top to bottom in it using my body weight”—until, finally, it gave way.
After he successfully smashed with the frozen pond, the officer dived within the water and quickly evaluated the possibility of the freezing temperature,?clarifying, “the clearer the river, the colder water, younger the individual”—mentioning the improved possibilities of saving a life.
Suspense was high as Thompson soon discovered that the boy was beneath the unbroken ice.
“I had searched the whole broken-out area.
“Using my tippy-toes, walking in water up to my neck … I knew eventually I was intending to come upon him.
“Being a water rescuer, we’re qualified to know you will find there\’s ‘golden hour’,?The temperature of the water was a huge, huge factor,” he was quoted saying. “We’re really hopeful in this individual.”
News 4?proclaimed the event to become “a Xmas day miracle” although officer Thompson “refused” to get called a hero.
The boy—who hasn’t been publicly named—was airlifted to your local hospital near St George being assessed but it’s unknown what his current condition is.
Sources:?Daily Mail?NBC News?News 4