Deputy says he was numb from cold while rescuing child from frozen pond


NEW HARMONY, UT (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy in Utah is a hero after he risked his life to save an 8-year-old boy who had fallen through the ice on a pond on Christmas Day.

Sgt. Aaron Thompson said the little boy was in 37-degree water for about 30 minutes before he was able to pull the unidentified child out, The Associated Press reported.

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The boy had been chasing his dog when he fell into the icy water in New Harmony, Utah.

Thompson, who had been a member of a search-and-rescue dive team, jumped into action when a woman said she had seen the boy’s hand in the water about four minutes prior to Thompson arriving, the AP reported.

“As the ice got thicker, I couldn’t break it with my arms and fists anymore, so I had to jump on top of the ice, putting my weight on it, and then pound on it to get it to break,” Thompson said during a news conference Tuesday.

He eventually found the boy about 25 feet from shore, but not before Thompson himself was in neck-deep water.

Thompson was treated for hypothermia and released from the hospital Monday night. He had lost feeling in some of his fingers, but it had returned within a day.

He plans on returning to his beat next week.

The child was taken to the hospital but the Sheriff’s Department did not have any information on his condition.