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Toledo police release video showing officers fall through ice while trying to rescue teen


The Toledo Police Department released a video of some courageous officers rescuing a boy who became trapped while playing on an icy pond.

The rescue took place last Friday, after the boy and his friends ran into trouble on the frozen body of water, with the boy falling in.

After police arrived on the scene to help, they knew they had to act quickly.

“We got out of the car. You could hear the kid screaming for dear life. He was screaming loud, and you could just tell by the tone of his voice, he thought he was dying,” Officer Thomas Killen said.

One officer, who attempted to head out onto the ice with a rescue line, fell into the water.

“I was thinking, ‘It’s a pond, I’ll be up to my knees.’ I never touched bottom,” Officer Brian O’Connell said.

With cold water and unforgiving Ohio winter weather dropping the body temperatures of all inundated parties involved, time became a precious factor.

In an attempt to rescue his partner, Killen fell into the water after the ice gave way beneath him.

“Tried to pull him up, and with him pulling on me and my weight, the ice cracked below me and then I go through the water. Now we got two officers in the water, and still a teenager screaming for help,” Killen recounted.

According to WTOL11, rescue crews eventually formed a human chain to save the teenage boy.

O’Connell and Killen eventually got out of the ice and don’t consider themselves heroes for going in. That honor, according to O’Connell, belongs to the 11-year-old boy who had the wherewithal to call 9-1-1 when his playmate went under.

“The 11-year-old boy is the one who’s the hero. He didn’t panic, he didn’t go in. If he would have went and helped his cousin, his brother, if he would have helped him, we would have had two people, and this would have been a recovery mission,” Officer O’Connell said.

If an ice rescue must be made, it is important to properly assess the strength of the ice, as well as ensuring that one’s body weight is evenly distributed.

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