Video shows Mich. police officers rescue 8-year-old boy electrocuted by live wire
Two officers, who transported the injured boy to a hospital in their cruiser, were recently honored with a Valor Award for their heroism
By Joanna Putman
WARREN, Mich. — Michigan officers who were captured on body camera footage saving a child from electrocution last year were given a Valor Award on Wednesday, FOX 2 reports.
In the body camera footage, an officer can be seen approaching a section of a street marked off by caution tape after saying he saw the boy get electrocuted. Additional officers approached from the other side of the wire. Hysterical screams can be heard as another child was told to back away.
“He’s still alive. He’s breathing,” officers can be heard saying as they drag the unconscious child out of harm’s way.
A teacher at the boy’s school arrived at the scene and identifies him as Blake. The officers noticed severe burns on his hands and take him to the hospital in the back of a cruiser. The boy begins to moan as he regains consciousness.
“OK, bud,” Corp. Det. Daniel Rose says to the boy. “What’s your name? I’m with you buddy.”
Rose and Officer David Chapman were honored with a Valor Award for their heroism, according to the report.
“It’s not only writing tickets, it’s not going to actual crimes, it’s serving the public – making sure people are safe,” Rose said. “That, in essence, wasn’t a police matter but the police were there –and thank goodness we were able to react and save a life. And that’s the stuff that happens every day that people don’t know about.”