[Rose Law Group Reporter Hero of the Week] Deputy punches through iced-over pond to rescue drowning boy on Christmas Day

Washington County (Utah) Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Aaron Thompson speaks to the media Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017, about rescuing an 8-year-old boy on Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25, 2017. /Photo: David DeMille, /The (St. George, Utah) Spectrum

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GEORGE, Utah — A Washington County Sheriff’s deputy punched through the ice and dove into a frozen pond to rescue a drowning 8-year-old boy on Christmas Day.

A day later, saying his thoughts were still with the hospitalized boy and his family, Sgt. Aaron Thompson played down any heroism on his part, saying he had dived into the icy water knowing there was no other way the boy might survive.

“I knew what I was getting into,” the veteran deputy and former search and rescue dive team member said. “I knew how cold that water was going to be.”

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