Bystander rescues young boy from creek in Murray

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MURRAY (ABC4 News) – A child was hospitalized after he was rescued from a creek in Murray Thursday evening.

A hero, police say, likely saved that boy’s life.

Harlan Wheeler was on the bridge over Little Cottonwood Creek Thursday night when he saw the 5-year-old boy floating in the fast-moving water.

“I jumped in,” said Harlan.

“I’m getting this kid out. That’s all — I didn’t care that it was cold,” added Harlan.

Murray police said a 5-year-old boy fell into Little Cottonwood Creek near the playground at Murray City Park. The boy was swept down the creek by the fast-moving water.

Police said a bystander saw what happened and immediately called 911. Harlan dove into the water to save the child.

The boy was pulled out of the water as an officer was arriving at the scene. CPR was performed on the child, and he was rushed to nearby Intermountain Medical Center.

Police said the boy began breathing in the ambulance.

The boy was in the water for two to four minutes, according to firefighters.

“It was the right thing to do, in my heart and mind it was the right thing to do,” said Harlan.

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