NEW HARMONY, Utah (News4Utah) - An 8-year-old boy is recovering in the hospital after falling through the ice in a southern Utah pond.
"The best chance that boy had was me. I was his only chance," said Sgt. Aaron Thompson with Washington County Sheriff's Office.
The incident happened shortly after 5 p.m. at a pond near 3100 East 2500 South in New Harmony.
Sheriffs deputies were called to the area on a report that an eight year old boy fell through an icy pond. Members of the Washington County Search and Rescue Dive Team and local EMS responded to the scene.
Sergeant Thompson with the Sheriff's Office was one of the first people on scene. After arriving, Sergeant Thompson made the decision to enter the water. He removed his police gear and entered the water where he was able to punch a hole in the ice and locate the boy.
"I was calling out to the boy, just in desperate hope that I could find him," said Thompson.
Washington County sheriff's Sgt. Aaron Thompson -- had been on the dive team for three years. Thompson knew he was running out of time.
"I knew that I only had seconds left in that water," said Thompson.
Thompson didn't have special safety equipment. In fact, he made a personal decision to punch through the ice.
The risk paid off.
"I was pretty ecstatic. I remember just calling out twice -- I got him! I got him!" said Thompson.
Thompson suffered cuts and was treated for hypothermia; he says the boy's family is hoping the boy makes a full recovery.
Wednesday, the family of the boy reached out to the Sheriff's Office. "The family wanted to thank the public for 'the prayers and thoughtful messages they have received during this difficult time'," police report. They are calling it a "Christmas Miracle" and say the situation is an example to their family that "God hears and answers prayers".
Sgt. Thompson describes the moment he saved an 8-year-old boy from the ice during press conference:
In the photo attached, you can see the pathway the Sergeant took to enter the water.
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