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20 years later, man meets police officer who saved his life at age 5

  • Chris Jones, 24, got to meet officer James Poole Sr. about 20 years after Poole saved him from drowning in a hotel pool.

    Chris Jones, 24, got to meet officer James Poole Sr. about 20 years after Poole saved him from drowning in a hotel pool.  (Courtesy Fox 32 Chicago)

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     (Chris Jones, 24, got to meeting officer James Poole Sr. about 20 years after Poole saved him from drowning in a hotel pool.)

When he was 5, Chris Jones almost died drowning at a hotel pool in Columbus, Ohio, but officer James Poole Sr. saved him. Today, about 20 years later, 24-year-old Jones has gotten the chance to thank Poole for saving his life and making him the father of a 5-year-old child himself, Fox 32 Chicago reported.

Police officers arranged the meeting after Jones saw a photo of Poole on the Columbus Division of Police Facebook page and commented on the post. He wrote that he thought Poole was the man who saved his life, and if so, he wanted to meet him and introduce him to his 5-year-old daughter. Poole saw the comment and helped make the in-person introduction possible.

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"Two sergeants who watched the reunion were brought to tears," Denise Alex-Bouzounis, PIO of the Columbus Police Department, told Fox 32 Chicago, "We put the good and the bad out on social media. This reunion was just what our community needed."

Jones reportedly told Poole, “I never would have become a father without his help.”