Columbus police officer receives award for saving child from icy pond

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Police Officers are put in very difficult situations every day, but one officer with the Columbus Division of Police said saving a child from a pond tops his list.

On February 5, 2018, Officer Randall Lyons, was dispatched to a child falling into a frozen pond.

“It was the most stressful thing I’ve done in my 22-year career, and the includes being shot at, and shooting at suspects,” said Lyons. “This by far was the most stressful thing I’ve ever done.”

He said once he arrived he jumped into action, but it wasn’t his typical assignment.

“I’m not going to lie I was scared to death not knowing what was going to happen.”

Officer Lyons also had fallen through the ice, but was able to help rescue the boy.

Both he and the six-year-old were taken to the hospital. Officer Lyons was treated for hypothermia.
That six-year-old boy was in a coma for nearly a month at Children’s Hospital.

“When I got there, they were like sorry, they cannot do nothing for him,” said the boy’s mother Plessios Jean-Louis 

Now seven-year-old Merlin Jean-Louis is doing well and was able to stand on the same stage to watch the man who saved his life receive an award.

“It put a lot of joy in my heart,” said Lyons.

Officer Randall still visits Merlin even though Merlin’s mother said he doesn’t remember anything from that day.

She’s thankful that he now has the opportunity to live the life he deserves. 

“I’m feeling good and I thankful for the officer that saved my kids because if it’s not for them, I would have lost my kids,” said Jean-Louis.

Merlin said he wanted to be a police officer when he grows up.

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