A Utah officer is being hailed as a hero after he PUNCHED THROUGH ICE to rescue an 8 year-old boy from a pond.
The incident occurred Monday afternoon on Christmas day as the child was “chasing his dog when he fell through the ice”, according to authorities.
Sgt. Aaron Thompson rushed to the scene in southern New Harmony after the boy’s friend had called for help when he was unable to pull him out the water.
The officer—a trained diver and former member of the Sheriffs Diving Team—said, “You never know exactly what you’re going to get into” after he received the call for help, “I just made the decision that I was going to go get him.”
When he arrived at the pond he walked onto the ice and began to thump it with his hands although:
“…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”—until, finally, it gave way.
After he successfully smashed through the frozen pond, the officer dived into the water and quickly evaluated the danger of the freezing temperature, clarifying, “the clearer the water, the colder the water, the younger the individual”—referring to the increased odds of saving a life.
Suspense was high as Thompson soon realized that the boy was under the unbroken ice.
“I had searched the entire broken-out area.
“Using my tippy-toes, walking in the water up to my neck … I knew eventually I was going to bump into him.
“As a water rescuer, we’re trained to know we have a ‘golden hour’, The temperature of the water was a huge, huge factor,” he said. “We’re really hopeful for this individual.”
News 4 proclaimed the event to be “a Christmas day miracle” although officer Thompson “refused” to be called a hero.
The boy—who hasn’t been publicly named—was airlifted to a local hospital near St George to be assessed but it’s not known what his current condition is.