Syracuse Police say Noah Holguin was playing on the ice at Jensen Pond around 5 p.m. Thursday, when he fell through.
Sergeant Stan Penrod responded to the 911 call, arriving within three minutes. Sgt. Lance Call was off duty, but happened to be running at the pond at the time. Both officers ran to help the boy.
Noah was about 15-20 feet from the shore, holding onto ice in order to stay afloat.
“I noticed the blood on his hands,” said Sgt. Call. “He was trying so diligently to hold onto the ice.”
“I knew as long as he held onto the ice, we were going to get him,” said Sgt. Penrod.
That’s exactly what they did.
Sgt. Penrod went onto the ice a few feet in order to reach Noah with his rope. He made it about three or four feet before the ice gave way and he also fell in.
“I was just so dialed in on trying to get Noah, I didn’t even feel it,” said Sgt. Penrod.
After a few failed attempts to reach Noah with the rope, another off duty officer, Ben Stone, with Unified Police, arrived at the pond.
“Great, great timing,” said Sgt. Penrod. “He had a little longer rope, a lot longer actually.”
The officers were finally able to pull Noah to safety. Once Noah was on land, Sgt. Call took off his shirt and used it to dry and warm him.
“I just grabbed a hold of him, I was still pretty warm from my run, to try and transfer my body heat to him and get him warm,” said Sgt. Call.
Noah was taken to
The officers also credit a fisherman at the pond with helping bring the boy off the ice.