AURORA, Ill. (WLS) -- A 9-year-old boy is alive on Thursday night thanks to the heroic efforts of Aurora police officers who managed to pull him from a pond.
Now, that officer said he's glad they got to spend Thanksgiving with their family.
The police department released body camera video of Wednesday's rescue.
Police said the boy had gone onto what looked like a frozen pond to get a football, but he fell through the ice.
The officers who showed up found the boy and a woman who tried to help struggling in the water.
Two officers jumped in the water and managed to get the two to dry land.
"I know that I'm not, you know, an Olympic swimmer. So I knew that, hey I'm not going to be able to swim with two other people that were in the water. I'm not going to be able to swim with them back. But if I can get to them, grab them, the other officers -- they would be able to pull the rope that I had tied to my belt and that we would all be able to get out of the water at that point," the officer said.
No one was seriously hurt. The two officers and the boy were treated for minor injuries at a nearby hospital and later released.
The boy now also has a new football.