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Aaron Thompson Rescues Utah Boy From Under Ice, but Sheriff's Sgt Insists He's No Hero

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Search-and-rescue workers at the frozen pond where a sheriff's sergeant rescued an 8-year-old boy. (Washington County Sheriff's Office)

By    |   Wednesday, 27 December 2017 11:35 AM

Aaron Thompson rescued a Utah boy in a frozen pond on Christmas day, taking off his sheriff officer's gear and jumping into the numbing water to save him from under some ice, NBC News reported.

Thompson, a Washington County sheriff's sergeant, responded to a call for help from the 8-year-old boy's friend late Monday afternoon. The boy, whose name and condition has not been released, reportedly fell into pond while chasing his dog.

"You never know exactly what you're going to get into," Thompson, a rescue diver by training and a former member of the sheriff's dive team, told reporters on Tuesday, per NBC News. "I just made the decision that I was going to go get him."

Thompson said once he was in the water, he started using his fists to break through the ice to get to where the boy might be, KSL-TV reported.

"As the ice got thicker, I couldn’t break it with my arms and my fists anymore. So I had to jump up on top of the ice to put my weight on it and pound on it to get it to break," Thompson told reporters, per KSL-TV.

Thompson said he eventually bumped into the body in the deeper portion of the pond, where adrenaline had taken over in the chilly water, KSL-TV wrote.

"Really, I couldn't feel anything," Thompson said. "I didn't notice anything when I was doing it. I knew time was of the essence. I had a very short window to get that child out of the water."

Thompson told reporters the boy was beyond the ice that was broken out, forcing him to dive into the water under the ice to get to him, KSL-TV said. Once he grabbed the boy, he pushed his head above water and headed back to shore.

Thompson was treated for hypothermia, suffered nerve damage in two fingers, and needed stitches for the cuts he received breaking the ice, but he told reporters that he didn't want to be called a hero, KSL-TV said.

"It's not me, it's us," Thompson said, deflecting the attention to paramedics, dispatchers and doctors, KSL-TV said. "I think that's the real story here. I was just the one that went in the water. If there was a hero that night it's us, it’s not me. I'm just the one that went in the water."

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