Officer saves father, son from drowning

Officer saves father, 8-year-old son from drowning in Homestead canal

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  • LOCAL NEWS (WPLG) Homestead, Fla. – A Homestead police officer saved an eight-year-old boy and his father from drowning Saturday in a canal on Saturday.
  • According to police, the eight-year-old child (who was unable to swim) slipped, fell into the canal and began to drown.
  • “The rocks were kinda slippery so I fell,” said Hatfield Jr. Hattfield Sr., (who was also unable to swim), instinctively jumped into the canal and also began to drown.
  • “As I was directing traffic I heard a scream from the canal bank,” said Homestead Police Officer Salvador Lopez Lopez then jumped into the canal wearing full duty gear and pulled both victims to shore, where a Homestead Police Lieutenant and Miami-Dade Schools Police Officer assisted in pulling them out of the water.

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