Aurora police save boy who fell through ice in retention pond, woman who went after him

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AURORA, Illinois (TSTIME) Aurora police on Wednesday rescued a 9-year-old boy who had fallen through the ice into a retention pond.

Aurora police said Thursday that officers had been called just before 4:30 p.m. the day before for a boy who had fallen through the ice in a retention pond near the TSTIME Pointe apartment complex, and a woman who had gone in to rescue him.

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Officers discovered that the boy had gone to a frozen part of the pond to get his soccer ball. When he reached the frozen part, he fell through the ice into the water, police said.

A video posted to Facebook showed officers sending rope lines into the pond, while other officers dove in to rescue. Police successfully pulled both the boy and woman out of the water.

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TWO OFFICErs WOUNDED RESCUE DRINKING CHILD Just before 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aurora’s 911 Telecommunications Center received reports of a 9-year-old drowning. Aurora police officers and Aurora firefighters were sent to the scene. When officers arrived, they found a 9-year-old boy who had fallen through the ice and an adult woman who had gone in to try and save the child. Officers were able to determine that the 9-year-old had entered a frozen section of a retention pond in an attempt to retrieve their soccer ball. When the 9-year-old entered the frozen section of the retention pond, he fell through the ice into the cold water. Multiple officers deployed water rescue kits as two officers swam to rescue the drowning child and adult woman who were in the water. In a concerted effort, officers were able to safely return to the country with the child and woman. The child sustained minor injuries and was transported to an area hospital by the Aurora Fire Department. Two Aurora officers who swam to rescue the child suffered minor injuries and were transported to an area hospital by the Aurora Fire Department. The adult woman was treated on the spot and not transported. Everyone has been discharged from the hospital in stable condition.

Posted by Aurora Illinois Police Department on Thursday, November 24, 2022

The child suffered minor injuries and was taken to an area hospital. Two officers who tried to save the boy also suffered minor injuries and went to an area hospital. The woman was treated on the spot.

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Everyone has since been released from the hospital.

“I thought my son wouldn’t be here for Thanksgiving,” the boy’s mother said in the Facebook video posted by police on Thursday. “There was someone to call 911.”

She thanked everyone who came in to call 911 and saved the youngster.

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