Columbus officer reunites with man he saved from drowning 19 years ago

COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A Columbus Police officer was reunited Friday with a man he saved nearly 20 years ago.

A picture was posted on Facebook of Officer James Poole with someone at a community event. A man commented on that post and said that an Officer Poole had saved him from drowning when he was 5 years old.

On Friday, Officer Poole was surprised as Chris Jones, now 24 years old, walked up to him during an interview.

“Do you remember me?” Jones asked.

“No I don’t sir,” Officer Pool responded.

“From 1997? I’m the boy you pulled out of a swimming pool,” Jones said.

Officer Poole immediately got up and gave Jones a hug, saying “wow” and “that’s awesome.”

Jones then held back tears as he thanked the officer, and told him he now has a 5-year-old himself.

“Because of you, I’m still here. Because of you, this five year old little girl is here,” Jones said.

Jones also says he’s interested in becoming a police officer himself. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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