Father and Officer Form Human Chain to Rescue Boy From Frigid Wisconsin River

A father and a police officer formed a human chain to rescue an 8-year-old boy who fell into an icy river in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, on December 27.

Police said four young boys were playing near the shore of Phoenix Park at the confluence of the Chippewa and Eau Claire rivers when one of the boys went to pick up trash and fell through the ice.

Another boy in the group attempted to rescue him but fell through the ice and returned to the shore, where the other boys called for help.

This footage shows the boy’s father arriving at the scene at the same time as Officer Jason Kaveney, police wrote on Facebook. It shows the officer forming a chain with the father to reach the boy, before the father falls through the ice.

Officer Kaveney holds onto the man, who is clutching his son, while a bystander grabs the officer’s legs. Two more officers, officers Ryan Prock and Tyler Stephens, arrived on the scene and helped them back to shore.

The boy and his father were pulled to safety and were doing well after the incident, police said.

“This heroic save was made possible by a determined father driven by love and the selfless actions of a faithful guardian of the community,” police wrote on Facebook. Credit: Eau Claire Police Department via Storyful