For Topeka Police Department Officer Aaron Bulmer, it was a case of being at the right place at the right time.
It just so happens that Officer Bulmer was patrolling the area of the 16th and Clay on Sunday. He was looking for some subjects involved in an altercation in the area when he suddenly noticed someone else. It was a small child who walking towards the pond near the Central Park Community center.
Immediately, Officer Bulmer decided to exit his vehicle in order to speak to the four-year-old child. Before they could talk, however, the child ended up falling into the pond. Seeing this, Officer Bulmer immediately jumped to the bond himself. He managed to get the child and pull him back to safety.
Soon as the boy was safe, Officer Bulmer gets on his radio. “Got a kind that fell into the pond,” the officer said. He then carried the boy over to a park goer who took the child from him. Not long after, the child was taken to a local hospital for a medical evaluation after the accident.
Boy left his home alone and walked to the park.
The police department later learned that the child Officer Bulmer saved had been diagnosed with autism. According to a report from The Topeka Capital-Journal, it turns out the child had walked to the park from his parent’s house, which is two blocks away. The boy’s parents had been looking for him, but were unable to find their son. Following the incident, the boy was reunited with his family.
It’s possible that the young boy saw the pond and was drawn to it. “Many times, children with Autism are drawn to water , as was displayed in this case,” the Topeka Police Department explained. Meanwhile, Officer Bulmer believes the situation could have easily been worse had he not seen the boy fall into the pond. “It definitely would have been a drowning if I would have been 30 seconds to a minute later,” Officer Bulmer explained. “That kid would have drowned. He was flailing his arms and his head was fully submerged.”
Meanwhile, Officer Bulmer isn’t quick to call himself a hero. Instead, he believes the boy got help from a bit of divine intervention. “I believe that God put me into that situation. He allowed me to be in the right place at the right time.”
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