Nov 152013

Fire officials say a 2-year-old boy remains in extremely critical condition Friday after he was pulled from a canal Thursday morning.

A Phoenix police officer reportedly jumped in and was able to pull the boy out around 10:30 a.m. near 23rd Avenue and Indian School Road.

The boy was transported to Phoenix Children’s Hospital in extremely critical condition.

Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said the child was walking along the canal and at some point fell in.

Thompson said the child was being watched at home by his teenage siblings. Officers suspect he lives somewhere along the canal. The parents were contacted and at least one of them showed up at the scene.

A passerby noticed the child floating in the canal and called police. When the officer arrived, she jumped in to pull the toddler out of the water and began to perform CPR.

Thompson said the officer is a 34-year veteran of the department.

“She did the best of her ability and acted heroically,” Thompson said. “She’s noticeably shaken on this situation because being a mom and having interaction with young children, it’s a tough situation.”

The incident is under investigation.

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