COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — Two children and an officer were hospitalized after a boy fell through an iced over retention pond his sister and the officer attempted to rescue him.
The incident happened at an apartment complex on Belcher Drive in Northeast Columbus Monday morning. Investigators say a 6-year-old boy walked out on to the retention pond while playing and fell through the ice. Police said his 9-year-old sister unsuccessfully tried to rescue him, but was unable to reach him.
Before firefighters and the dive team got to the pond, Columbus Police officers arrived on the scene and immediately went into action with the help of a maintenance man. They say Officer Randall Lyons, a 20-year veteran with Columbus Police, was tied off with a rope while another officer and a maintenance man held onto it. Lyons went out onto the ice to get to the boy, but went through and wasn't able to continue the rescue.
Firefighters arrived shortly after and used their equipment to get to the little boy. Columbus Fire confirmed a boy was pulled out of the water shortly after 9 a.m. They say he'd been in the water at least 13 minutes and was in full cardiac arrest when he was rescued, but that paramedics were able to get his pulse back.
The little boy was rushed to Nationwide Children's Hospital, but an update on his condition has not been released. The little girl was also taken to the hospital to be checked. Officer Lyons is being treated for exposure to extreme cold and hypothermia.
Police Spokesman Sgt. Dean Worthington went through the training academy with Lyons and says he wasn't surprised to learn about his actions.
"He does go on instinct, he does rely on his training. He's just one of those guys that are out there pounding the pavement, and doing good police work," said Worthington.
Lyons' partner, Officer Deb Paxton described the events in a press conference Monday afternoon.
Paxton said she was able to help get Lyons back to shore after he fell in. She described the helpless feeling they felt as they watched the young boy struggle.
Police say when the mother of the two children got a call that her son had gone through the ice, she tried to race home, but in her panic was involved in a minor car accident.
Police responding to the crash drove her to the scene, then to the hospital to be with her children.
The boy remained in critical condtion Monday afternoon. The 9-year-old girl and the responding officer are expected to recover.
ABC 6/FOX 28 will continue to follow this developing story.