- Associated Press - Friday, January 9, 2015

BUCHANAN, Mich. (AP) - A southwest Michigan sheriff’s deputy is being hailed as a hero for saving a 13-year-old boy from an icy pond.

Andrew Seils, of Glendora, fell through the ice on the pond behind his house last week while playing with friends. He was rescued by Sgt. Shawn Yech and taken to a local hospital, where he was kept for about four hours before his body temperature returned to normal.

David Place told The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph (https://bit.ly/1BOsygW ) 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.”

He estimates his son was in the water for at least 30 minutes. Andrew said that when he fell through the ice, he caught himself with his arms so most of the top half of his body was out of the water.

“I tried crawling, but the other piece of ice I was hanging onto broke,” he said. His friends tried to pull him out with a pitchfork, but it didn’t work.

Andrew’s mother, Mellisa 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.

“He is an angel,” she said of Yech.

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Information from: The Herald-Palladium, https://www.heraldpalladium.com

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