Sgt. Aaron Thompson solidifies why police are called first responders and heroes.
On Christmas Day, Sgt Thompson found an 8 year old boy in a pond, where the boy had fallen through the ice and the office jumped into action without hesitation.
“I just made the decision I was going in to get him…I knew what I was getting into. i knew how cold that ice would be. I’ve dove under the water before. i knew how much time I had in there”
As the story goes, the 8 year old had chased his dog about 25 feet onto a frozen pond, where the boy fell through the ice. The Washington County Sheriff was first on the scene (and it just so happened that he used to be part of the Sheriff’s dive team), where a woman was on shore flagging down the officer. The woman said she saw the boys hand sticking out of the frozen water four minutes before Sgt. Thompson arrived. Knowing that time was of the essence, as the paramedics were on the way, but could take too long to allow for the boy to stay alive, the Sgt. pounded on the ice with his hands, then pulled the child to shore.
“The ice had gotten thicker, I couldn’t break it with my arms and fists anymore. So I had to jump on top of the ice to put my weight on it and pound on it to get it to break.”
Once Sgt. Thompson was in through the ice, he was in the water, which was so deep, he couldn’t touch the bottom, but was able to walk on the reeds and bump into the boy’s body. Being that the water was so cold, it gave the officer more time to find the boy and save his life…but not that much more time.
After saving the boy, Sgt. Thompson was checked for injuries, which he had to get stitches for cuts and was treated for hypothermia. He also suffered nerve damage.
The 8-year old is alive and doing well.
Sgt. Thompson is be lauded as a hero, but he doesn’t believe he is a hero. He believes the real hero is “us”, being the police dispatchers, paramedics and doctors at the hospital, as they saved the life of the boy. Sgt. Thompson said, “I’m just the one who went into the water”…as you would expect a hero to say.