Sergeant Aaron Thompson is being hailed as a hero after he punched through a frozen pond on Monday evening in order to save a young boy who had fallen through the ice 30 minutes beforehand.
The 8-year-old from New Harmony, Utah had been chasing his dog when a neighbor saw him fall into the water.
Thompson arrived on the scene and immediately started punching and jumping on the ice so he could break the surface. After suffering a few scratches on his forearms, he successfully punched through the ice and dove into the pond.
With water up to his neck, the sheriff's deputy moved his arms through the water until he found the youngster drifting nearby.
The boy is currently being treated at a local hospital, and Thompson says that – because of the water's temperature, the boy's age, and the amount of time he was in the water – he feels optimistic about the 8-year-old's survival.
(WATCH the deputy's interview below)
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