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Cop Saves Drowning Autistic Boy (Video)

| by Michael Doherty

A Kansas police officer saved the life of a young autistic boy who was drowning in a pond (video below).

Officer Aaron Bulmer of the Topeka Police Department was investigating an armed robbery on April 30 when he saw a 4-year-old boy wandering in Topeka's Central Park by himself, New York Daily News reports. As he got out of his patrol cruiser and approached the child, he saw the boy fall into the pond.

Bulmer sprang into action, jumping into the pond after the boy, who didn't appear to know how to swim, according to Daily Mail. Bulmer's actions were recorded by his body cam.

"It definitely would have been a drowning if I would have been 30 seconds to a minute later," said the officer. "That kid would have drowned. He was flailing his arms and his head was fully submerged -- you can actually see that on the video."

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Bulmer said he believes "God put me in that situation," adding, "He allowed me to be in the right place at the right time."

"I believe that he directed me away from the call I was on to make sure that I found that child," he added. "That’s really been hitting me today -- that God put me in that situation."

After Bulmer pulled the boy from the pond, a passing woman rushed over to take the child and wrapped him in her hoodie. Bulmer is heard in the recording yelling for someone to call 911, ABC reports.

"I got a civilian, he almost drowned," Bulmer says in the clip. "I got him out."

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The boy was returned to one of his parents, who had been looking for him. Bulmer learned that the boy, who has autism, had wandered away from his parents' home, which was a few blocks away.

An ambulance soon showed up to take the 4-year-old to the hospital, where doctors found the boy had no serious injuries.

The police department released a statement warning others about the potential dangers of water.

"Many times, children with autism are drawn to water, as was the displayed in this case," said the department. "Officer Bulmer was in the right place at the right time to save a young life."

In a similar story, body cam video showed the moment that Washington, D.C., police officers were able to rescue a man from a burning car, New York Daily News reports.

Five officers saved the man's life after Officer Steven Hines saw the burning car late on Feb. 19. He called for backup to rescue the driver trapped inside. The shocking body cam video shows the officers breaking the window to pull the man to safety.

"Our minds were pretty much on going home," Officer John Hayes recalled, noting it was the end of the shift. "Another couple of minutes, if we hadn't been there, if Hines hadn't stumbled across it, it'd be a completely different story."

"It was amazing," said Sgt. Nicole Brown, who arrived on the scene later. "It was definitely heroism at its finest."

Sources: Daily Mail, New York Daily News (2), ABC News / Photo credit: Stacy Nettell/Flickr

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