COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) — A 12-year-old boy with autism who was chest-deep in a retention pond was rescued by two Columbus police officers who used specialized training to bring him to safety.
Caleb Arnold, who only speaks a little, was shaken up but didn’t have a scratch after the officers waded into the pond in the 5000 block of Victory Drive on the city’s northeast side at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, said his mother, Paula Arnold.
The officers, who had received training on interacting with people who have autism, asked the mother several important questions as they approached the boy in the water, including how he might respond to the volume of their voices and whether he would allow the officers to touch him.
Capt. Brian Wilder and officer Tony Kummer have Paula Arnold’s gratitude and respect for how they helped her son, she said.
“This is showing their dedication to keeping that boy safe, …