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Utah police officer punches through frozen pond to pull boy from under the ice

A police officer punched his way through the ice of a frozen pond to pull an 8-year-old boy from under the water Monday.

Lt. David Crouse of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said emergency crews responded to a report of a child who had fallen through the ice into a pond just after 5 p.m. in New Harmony, which is south of Cedar City in southern Utah.

The pond is located near 3100 East and 2500 South.

Crouse said an 8-year-old boy was chasing a dog and fell through the ice. Another boy who was watching this happen went and tried to help the child, but was unable to get him out of the water.

At that point, the other child went for help. Sergeant Thompson with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was the first on scene, and LifeFlight along with EMS and a search and rescue dive team were on the way.

Sergeant Thompson “made the personal decision” to attempt a rescue without the use of any specialized equipment, a press release states.

After removing his police gear, Thompson went into the water and he used his arms to punch through the ice in order to create a pathway to the victim, who was about 25 feet away from the shore.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL STORY AND VIDEO FROM KSTU FOX 13.

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