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.