Behind The Badge

Cop Saves Drowning Boy, Reunited Nearly 20 Years Later

Nineteen years ago, a police officer saved a 5-year-old kid from drowning in a hotel pool. That was Officer James Poole Sr. who safeguarded the child.

Now, nearly 20 years later, 24-year-old Chris Jones, from Columbus, Ohio astounded the officer who saved his life. Officer Poole thought he was being interviewed for a story, except it was a reunion instead.

Jones surprised the officer with the reunion during the faux interview.

A few weeks ago, a photo of Officer Poole was posted on the Columbus Division of Police Facebook page. Jones saw the photo and commented “I think that is the Officer Poole who saved my life.”

After reading the comment, both Jones and Poole contacted the police department and expressed a desire to meet one another. Jones really wanted his 5-year-old daughter to meet the man who saved his life. And she did.

“Two sergeants who watched the reunion were brought to tears,” said Denise Alex-Bouzounis, PIO of the Columbus Police Department, “We put put the good and the bad out on social media. This reunion was just what our community needed.”

“I let him know that I would have never turned into a father without his help,” said Jones.


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