Independence, Missouri police rescue child from pond

Independence first responders rescued a boy from drowning in a pond Thursday morning. According to information released by the City of Independence, firefighters and police were called to the property that once housed the Rockwood Golf Course on South Hardy Avenue near Westport Road. At around 9:25 a.m., police said an autistic boy got off the bus and walked towards the pond, which is on the property of what is now the Independence Power and Light community solar farm. The bus driver called 911. The property is near two Independence School District buildings, Korte Elementary and Clifford H. Nowlin Middle School. Independence Police Officer Dustin Stewart.Stewart was the first person to enter the pond. The water was dark and murky. The officer said he couldn’t see the boy anywhere. It is over 10 feet deep in the center. Stewart said he had to rely on touch. “I finally felt it against my leg, grabbed it and pulled it out,” he said. Police said the boy was submerged about 15ft from shore and had a blue face when he was pulled out. Firefighters and paramedics began CPR, taking his pulse. “I’m grateful. The teamwork saved the youngster. That’s why we came to do this job. It’s very rewarding,” Stewart said. The boy is now recovering in hospital. Stewart, who has worked for the Independence Police for 15 years, said this was his first water rescue. “It’s my first time. I’m glad it went like this,” he said.

First responders in Independence rescued a boy from drowning in a pond Thursday morning.

According to information released by the City of Independence, firefighters and police were called around 9:25 a.m. to the property that housed the Rockwood Golf Course on South Hardy Avenue near Westport Road.

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Police say an autistic boy got off the bus and walked towards the pond, which is on the property of what is now the Independence Power and Light community solar farm. The bus driver called 911.

The property is near two Independence School District buildings, Korte Elementary and Clifford H. Nowlin Middle School.

“I think it’s mostly adrenaline. You want to help somebody. That’s why you’re taking this job,” said Independence Police Officer Dustin Stewart.

Stewart was the first person to enter the pond. The water was dark and murky. The officer said he couldn’t see the boy anywhere. It is over 10 feet deep in the center. Stewart said he had to rely on touch.

“I finally felt it against my leg, grabbed it and pulled it out,” he said.

Police said the boy was submerged about 15ft from shore and had a blue face when he was pulled out. Firefighters and paramedics began CPR, taking his pulse.

“I’m grateful. The teamwork saved the juvenile. That’s why we come to do this job. It’s very rewarding,” Stewart said.

The boy is now recovering in hospital.

Stewart, who has worked for the Independence Police for 15 years, said this was his first water rescue.

“It’s my first time. I’m glad it went like this,” he said.

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