Video captures firefighter, cop rescuing child trapped under dock

The officer's body camera filmed the rescue of the boy, who was not injured


By FireRescue1 Staff

LAKE PLACID, Fla. — A police officer and volunteer firefighter rescued a boy trapped underneath a pontoon dock.

Officer David Rhoden’s body camera captured the moment when he responded to a call of a trapped child on May 22, WFTS reported. 

“I immediately thought the kid was pinned underwater,” Rhoden said. 

Rhoden lifted the dock off of the boy while volunteer firefighter Rafael Ramos swam under to grab the boy. Other volunteer firefighters elevated the dock while Ramos attempted to free the child. 

“I told him if he could kneel down a little and he put his shoulders to the side and slid right in,” Ramos told WFTS. 

According to WTSP, the boy was brought to shore uninjured.

Rhoden, a two-year veteran, said he’s grateful the rescue ended well. 

“It's not very often I get to see a good outcome like that especially where it could've been extremely bad,” Rhoden said. “If his head was underwater we would've been dealing with a fatality. It was nice to look back at it and see he was fine and I had a part in that."

 
Lake June bodycam video of trapped boy's rescue released

WATER RESCUE: Two Lake Placid police officers helped rescue a boy trapped underneath a dock at Lake June. http://on.wtsp.com/2rzjuB1 (Footage courtesy of the Lake Placid Police Department)

Posted by 10News WTSP on Friday, June 2, 2017

 

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