Heroic Utah Sergeant Punches Through Ice, Rescues Helpless Boy in Frozen Pond
News| | By Brad Kallet
The word hero gets thrown around a lot, but only a select few are deserving of the title. Even though one cop who punched through ice to save a child doesn’t want to be known as one, he most certainly is.
Washington County, Utah sheriff Sgt. Aaron Thompson risked his life — and saved one in the process — when he dove into a frozen pond on Christmas day to save an 8-year-old boy who fell in after chasing his dog.
“You never know exactly what you’re going to get into,” the deputy told reporters. “I just made the decision that I was going to go get him.”
Thompson was the right man for the task at hand. A trained rescue diver and former member of the sheriff’s dive team, he was uniquely qualified for the mission.
The boy survived — his name wasn’t disclosed — but little is known about his current condition. According to NBC News, Thompson suffered hypothermia symptoms, cuts, and bruises. His injuries, of course, could have been a whole lot worse.
Despite the harrowing and life-threatening incident, Thompson returned to work on the Tuesday after Christmas.
“It’s not me, it’s us,” he told NBC News in regard to being hailed as a hero. “…That’s the real story here. I was just the one that went out into the water.”