A quick-thinking sheriff’s deputy went above and beyond when responding to a possible drowning call. An 8-year-old boy fell through the ice on a frozen pond while chasing his dog and a child who saw the events unfold notified the boy’s parents when he discovered he couldn’t help. When Sgt. Aaron Thompson arrived on scene, he immediately sprang into action.
The incident took place at 3100 East 2500 South in New Harmony, Utah, at approximately 5:00 pm local time on Monday, according to a report by Gephardt Daily.
Reportedly, the boy was playing with other children when his dog ran off, leading the boy to give chase. The dog ran across a frozen pond and, when the boy followed, the child fell through the ice and into the water below.
Washington County Sheriff’s Sergeant, Thompson, was one of the first to arrive at the scene, and “made the personal decision” to try and rescue the child without any assistance from specialized equipment, determining it was best not to wait for additional aid, such as the members of the dive team who were en route.
“Thompson stripped his police gear and immediately entered the water to locate the child,” said a news release from Lt. David Crouse of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office regarding the incident. “The area where the child was last seen was approximately 25 feet from the shoreline.”
Once Thompson had made it about 10 feet from the shore, he also fell through the ice but decided to keep pushing forward.
“Sergeant Thompson used his arms to punch through the ice, creating a pathway to the victim,” the statement continued. “Thompson was able to locate the victim under the ice and bring him back to shore where awaiting medical personnel began treating him.”
The 8-year-old boy, who was not named, was taken to Dixie Regional Medical Center via helicopter. His current condition has not been released.
Thompson was also taken to the Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George for treatment for symptoms of hypothermia as well as cuts, scrapes, and bruises he sustained while breaking through the ice with his hands. He was released from the hospital on Tuesday.
The dog the boy was chasing was not injured during the incident.