WACO (July 5, 2014) Two Waco police detectives working at Friday night’s community gathering at the Brazos River saved a young boy from drowning after the child slipped into the water.
Detective Dennis Taylor jumped into the river after he saw the 7-year-old boy slip from some rocks and fall in, Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said.
The boy slipped as he was climbing on some moss-covered rocks at the river’s edge and went under.
After Taylor jumped in and retrieved the boy, Detective Daniel Harper helped bring the child back on shore, Swanton said.
A resident who also was in the immediate area helped the officers get back on shore, as well, Swanton said.
The child was taken by ambulance to a local hospital for evaluation because he did inhale some water, but Swanton said he is expected to fully recover.
Swanton said the quick action by the officers and the citizen averted a tragedy.