Indiana police officer jumps in river to save 5-year-old boy with autism
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WSBT) - A South Bend police officer is being called a hero for saving a 5-year-old boy from the St. Joseph River on Friday.
Police say a mother and her two sons were walking on LaSalle Avenue when her 5-year-old, who has autism, took off at a sprint.
She tried to keep up but lost sight of him.
Officer Reid Spitaels saw the boy in the river at Howard Park near a dam just downstream.
Without hesitation, he jumped into the river in full police gear and saved little Xavier.
The boy was taken to the hospital but is OK.