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Boy Reunited With Rescuer

Boy Reunited With Rescuer

Posted - Nov. 29, 2003 at 5:51 p.m.



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Sandra Yi reporting A little boy is reunited with the woman who helped save his life, after he fell into an icy pond.

Five-year-old Jacob Tanner was playing near the pond on Wednesday when he fell in. Today, his family visited the woman who pulled Jacob out of the water.

It was a close call when Jacob Tanner fell into the pond. It's small enough, but it was dangerously cold and deep.

He's fine now, and today, he had a chance to meet the woman who helped saved his life.

A special delivery for a hero. Jacob Tanner had flowers and a hug for the woman who helped save his life.

Jamie Knight/ Jacob's Mother: "How do you feel? You feel okay?" "Uh huh." "Good."

Three days after falling into icy water, Jacob is back to being his old self.

Jacob Tanner: "I can bend my finger.

Jacob spent a day in the hospital Wednesday after he plunged into the pond near his home. He and his friend were trying to cross the pond, but the ice wasn't thick enough.

Cathy Manning/ Jacob's Rescuer: "When I was on my back step, he was paddling, trying to stay above water. But by the time I got over to the pond, he basically wasn't moving anymore. He had stopped trying."

Neighbor Cathy Manning heard Jacob's friend screaming for Jacob to paddle. Manning had just walked outside to shovel her back porch.

She says Jacob was face down when she and another neighbor got to him. Manning believes it was fate that she was nearby.

Cathy Manning: "I'm just so glad that I had the feeling to go out and I listened to it, and I'm so glad that he's doing okay."

Jamie Knight: "You never know how you're going to react, and she reacted the right way. It saved my son."

Two strangers are now bonded by the experience. Jamie Knight says she will be forever grateful.

Jamie Knight: "I Wwant to try and have more with her because she's a special person."

The family also wanted to credit another neighbor for helping Jacob that day. That man was the one who actually pulled Jacob out of the water. Cathy Manning says he was right beside her the entire time.

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