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 explained.

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.

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