Despite the quick-thinking efforts of police officers, a 7-year-old boy who fell into a frigid pond in Maryland on Friday evening passed away.
Prince George's County Police say a woman flagged down police in the 1500 block of Southview Drive about 5:30 p.m., saying her son had fallen into a pond.
An off-duty Prince George's County police officer nearby heard the call and also offered help. Officer Dale Sollars, Officer First Class Brendan Taylor and Officer Melvin Fulton helped pull Zae’ Quan Antonio White, of southeast D.C. from the pond and performed CPR until an ambulance arrived.
"I saw him bringing that baby up the hill in his arms," neighbor Frank Foster said.
The boy was taken to a hospital in critical condition and pronounced dead just before 11 p.m.
The officers also were taken to a hospital as a precaution.
Prince George's County Police think the boy was playing when he walked onto the frozen pond and fell in when the ice gave way. They say the boy's mother was alerted to the situation by another son.