Fearless Friday: Man saves boy from icy pond

We get this story often of how somebody falls under ice and into the body of water. Some freeze. Some are saved.

This is a story of someone saved. But, you already knew that.

Sgt. Shawn Yech saved Andrew Seils. Let’s find out how!

David Place told the Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph that Yech didn’t hesitate. He pulled Andrew from the water using an extension cord he tied around his foot.

“As soon as he set eyes on Andrew, he was running,” he said. “He seemed to know how to read the ice. The way he crawled out there, he snaked around a little bit until he heard the ice popping.”

Andrew survived, although there were some interesting effects.

Andrew’s mother, Melissa Place, said her son lost his voice for a day, but had no permanent damage. Doctors told him to protect his lungs when he was outside by breathing through a scarf.

Still, let’s be grateful for heroes like Shawn Yech.


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