PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – On Thursday, the Plano Fire Department will honor an 8-year-old boy who rescued a toddler from drowning.
The story starts more than two months ago, when Henry Lara thought it was time his son, Jesus, learned how to swim. Lara began teaching him at their apartment pool in Plano.
Their timing couldn’t have been more perfect for a toddler – not quite two years old –Friday night.
“We’d only been at the pool 15 minutes. And, all of a sudden I see Jesus. I hear Jesus. ‘Dad, dad.’ I looked up and he’s holding a toddler in his arms above water,” Henry Lara said.
Jesus said, “I saw, uh, an object at the bottom of the pool. I was like; he must be trying to see how long he could go under water,” the 8-year-old said. “Then, I saw bubbles coming out. From the bottom. And I was like, no there’s something wrong. I have to help him.”
Jesus brought the toddler to the side of the pool and his father began CPR. A nurse, who Lara said was with the toddler’s family, took over.
“Two seconds later, I looked over at Jesus to make sure he’s okay. And he’s kneeling on the concrete praying,” Lara said.
“Please God, let him be all right. Let him survive,” Jesus said, remembering his prayer.
The toddler’s family already told them: their child is perfectly fine.
“God put me there right at the right time. Because if I hadn’t been there, it could’ve been too late before someone else found him,” Jesus said.
School starts soon. And Jesus will have a little more than usual to say about his summer vacation.
“I’m going to say I went swimming,” Jesus said. “I had a great time and I saved a little boy from drowning.”
Though Henry Lara says the toddler’s family was nearby, it’s still unclear how exactly the 21-month-old ended up in the pool.
The Plano Fire Department will recognize Jesus for his life-saving actions at the Plano Fire Station at 10 a.m. Thursday and August 11th at 10:30 a.m.
The toddler’s family will not be at the ceremony.