Kansas Cop's Body Cam Captures The Heroic Rescue Of A Boy With Autism

Body cameras don't always capture tragedy.

A video released on Tuesday shows a Kansas police officer rescuing a 4-year-old boy with autism after he fell into a pond. 

The incident, which occurred in Topeka, Kansas, highlighted a heroic moment for Officer Aaron Bulmer, who happened to be passing through the park when he saw the boy walking next to the pond. Bulmer, who was looking for a suspect, got out of his car to talk to the boy and then saw him fall into the pond.

Rushing into action, Bulmer jumped into the pond, grabbed the boy as he flailed in the water, and handed him over to another onlooker standing on the banks.

At the time of the incident, the boy's parents were actually looking for him in the park after he had unexpectedly wandered away. 

"Many times, children with autism are drawn to water, as was displayed in this case," the Topeka Police Department said in a statement. "Officer Bulmer was in the right place at the right time to save a young life."

It's not the first time body camera footage has caught an officer in a heroic act. Last year, officer Dan Whitney's body camera captured him rescuing a man from a burning car. With most newsworthy body camera footage showing tragic shootings, it's nice to see another video of a heroic police officer.

You can watch it below, courtesy of The Kansas City Star:

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