Firefighters rescue boy, parks employee from high water

GROVEPORT (WCMH) — Madison Township fire officials say they rescued a boy and a Metro Parks employee from high water in the Little Walnut Creek Friday afternoon.

According to Batallion Chief Drew Pruden the boy was attending a camp at Walnut Woods Metro Park, got too close to the water, and was swept away.

A park employee working with the camp jumped in and was able to pull him and herself on to some debris.

“The water is deceiving,” Pruden said. “It looks like it’s fun. But the current, as this child found out… Just carried him downstream. He was just lucky an adult was there and willing to take a risk to go out and get him.”

Someone from the park called 911.

Both the boy and the female adult were pulled to safety by rescue crews. They were not hurt. 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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