Deputy who pulled boy from pond leaves hospital

NEW HARMONY, Utah (AP) _  A southern Utah sheriff’s deputy who punched through a frozen pond on Christmas Day to rescue a drowning 8-year-old boy has been released from the hospital.

Terri Draper with Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George said Tuesday that Washington County sheriff’s Sgt. Aaron Thompson was released from the hospital after being treated for symptoms of hypothermia and cuts and bruises.

The boy also was hospitalized, but his condition hasn’t been released.

Authorities say Thompson will speak Tuesday afternoon at a press conference, where authorities planned to release more details.

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A sheriff’s deputy in southern Utah punched through a frozen pond on Christmas Day to rescue a drowning 8-year-old boy.

Washington County Sheriff’s Lt. David Crouse says the boy was chasing his dog at about 5 p.m. Monday wen another child saw him fall through the ice on a pond in New Harmony north of St. George.

He says sheriff’s Sgt. Aaron Thompson broke a path through the ice until he was close enough to dive in and locate the boy about 25 feet from the shoreline.

Crouse says the boy was airlifted to Dixie Regional Medical Center in St. George where his condition has not been released.

The deputy also has been hospitalized with cuts and bruises and symptoms of hypothermia. The extent of his injuries wasn’t immediately known.