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Off-duty trooper helps rescue 11-year-old boy who fell through thin ice

Police officers, including one who was off duty, rescued an 11-year-old boy who fell through thin ice on an Indiana pond.
Trooper Jacob Bill. (Photo: Indiana State Police)

WINONA LAKE, Ind. (AP) — Police officers, including one who was off duty, rescued an 11-year-old boy who fell through thin ice on an Indiana pond.

Trooper Jacob Bill says he was off duty and driving his Indiana State Police car Friday when he saw Winona Lake police driving with lights and siren on. He followed them to a retention pond and ran into the water to save the boy.

Bill and the boy got tangled in broken ice. Winona Lake Officer Dave Swain then got into the water to help the pair. Another Lake Winona officer helped get all three to shore.

"I was just glad that I was in the right place at the right time," Bill said.

The boy was treated at a hospital and released. Another child that had also been playing on the ice was able to get out of the water on his own prior to officers arriving.

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