Near drowning victim meets with police officer who saved his life

Near drowning victim meets with police officer who saved his life
Near drowning victim meets with police officer who saved his life

A Columbus, Ohio police officer received a surprise of his life when 24-year old Christopher Jones surprised Columbus officer, James Poole Sr. when he tapped him on the shoulder and asked Poole if he remembered him.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that as Poole sat on a couch in the Police Academy lobby Friday afternoon, ready with notes for what he thought would be a discussion with the media about his role as a community liaison officer, Jones was outside waiting to walk in and greet the officer.

The Columbus Division of Police (CDP) stated on their Facebook page that 19 years ago, Chris Jones stated that Officer James Poole Sr. had rescued him after he was under water at a hotel pool and was just 5 years old at the time.

CDP said, “Well, last month, Chris recognized the name “Officer Poole” on a CPD Facebook post that showed the Community Liaison Officer in a picture with a kid at a community event. Chris wrote on our wall “I think that’s the Officer Poole who saved my life.”

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“Chris got in touch with us and so did Officer Poole both wanting to meet each other after seeing Chris’ comment on CPD FB. Chris also wanted his 5-year-old daughter to meet the man who saved his life, “said the CDP. “Officer Poole thought he was doing a story on being a CLO this afternoon, little did he know this was about to happen.”

CPD also stated that they even invited officer Poole’s son, a new CPD officer, to be a part of this reunion.

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