Officers Rescue 12 year old Autistic Child from Pond

Columbus Police Rescue Autistic Boy from Retention Pond

A 12 year old boy with autism was rescued by two Columbus police officers after he waded into a retention pond on Sunday.  At approximately 5:30 p.m., Columbus police officers were dispatched to the area of 25th Street and Lockerbie Drive in regards to multiple reports of a child running near traffic.  Officers were notified a short time later that the child was autistic.  CPD Administrative Captain Brian Wilder, who was off duty but near the area, responded to the call.  Wilder observed the child a short time later as he began running towards a residential neighborhood near-by.  Additional officers arrived as the child entered a retaining pond near the 5000 block of Victory Drive moments later.  Captain Wilder and Officer Tony Kummer entered the water with flotation bags and were able to bring the child safely out of the water. The child was unharmed.  “CPD officers receive training each year on interacting with persons who are autistic” said Lt. Matt Harris, Public Relations Officer for the Columbus Police Department. “The quick actions of our officers prevented what could have been a tragic situation” Harris added.


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