Ascension Parish Sergeant rescues drowning boy

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Posted: May 14, 2014 5:05 PM by Brock Sues
Updated: May 14, 2014 5:19 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: sergeant, chad stafford, ascension parish, sheriffs office, drowning, child

BATON ROUGE - The Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office said one of their sergeants rescued a two-year-old boy from drowning in a pond Tuesday afternoon.

Chief Tony Bacala said Sgt. Chad Stafford was performing his daily duties near Mansions of Ivy Lakes apartments when he heard the screams of a child coming from the direction of a nearby pond.

Stafford found the boy, jumped into the water, and pulled him to safety.

"The quick and decisive action of Sergeant Stafford no doubt saved the life of this two-year-old," Chief Bacala said. "Sergeant Stafford is to be commended for his actions."

After the rescue Stafford found the boy's mother, who said her older child had been watching the boy while she was occupied.

EMTs said they evaluated the child and determined that he was uninjured.

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