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"They're My Heroes"; Two Waco Officers Save 7yr old from Drowning

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 (KCEN) -- It was a scary night for seven-year-old Donnie Edmonds, and one he will never forget. "I didn't know if I was going to drown... I didn't know if anyone noticed," the soft spoken boy said on Monday.

During the Fourth of July celebration at Indian Springs, Donnie's parents were watching the concert while his older brother took him to the river walk to play with ducks. He only thought the water was few inches deep.

"I put one foot in, and I slipped from the moss," he said. "I didn't know it was 30 feet deep." Donnie instantly disappeared in the water, and kept gasping for air as he came up to the surface.

Luckily for Donnie, Waco detective Dennis Taylor saw the whole thing. "I had to go in right away. I took off running," Taylor said. Still in his full gear - bullet proof vest, work belt, boots, and all - he jumped in and was weighed down. The only thing he cared about was getting Donnie to the ledge where his partner detective Daniel Harper was reaching for them both.

"I was swimming with one hand, trying to keep him above the water. I grabbed him and just pushed him up," Taylor said. " The rocks were slippery and it was even hard for me to get out."

With the help of another person, detective Harper grabbed Donnie and then pulled his partner to safety. Coughing up water, Donnie was taken by ambulance to the hospital to be checked. Thanks to the officers, he was okay.                                                                                  

 "I know anyone else in this department would have done the same thing," Taylor said. "As officers we enjoy spending the holidays with our families too, we don't like working holidays, but we understand this is the reason why we do it."

As for Donnie, the only thing he could say is how thankful he was for his heroes that day. "They jumped in and saved me. I'm thankful for everything they did for me and I hope everyone knows it," Donnie said. "I'm thankful they helped me so I could start my life again."

He also has a message for other children out there. Be careful when it comes to water. "I learned my lesson," he said. "I learned not to get near a whole bunch of water."

Donnie says he now plans to take swimming lessons.

As for the heroes, they're humbled of course, and say they were just doing their jobs. Taylor even went home to change into dry clothes and returned to his shift after the scary ordeal.











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