Daniel Harrison Haley saved Brenndan Daviet from drowning, Greeley, Colorado, November 27, 2010. Brenndan, 10, broke through the ice covering a pond and fell into water seven feet deep at a point about 60 feet from the closer bank. Haley, 25, off-duty state trooper, was nearby on the bank. He immediately ran to the pond, lay on the ice, and crawled toward Brenndan, but he too broke though the ice and fell into the water, at a point about seven feet from the boy. As Brenndan’s coat was keeping him buoyant, Haley began to break a path through the ice toward the bank, instructing Brenndan to follow him. They proceeded in that fashion until Brenndan began to submerge. Haley then secured Brenndan and, after resting briefly, grasped him by the coat and a leg and heaved him onto solid ice. Brenndan crawled to the bank. Haley continued breaking a path through the ice toward the bank before he was able to hoist himself onto solid ice at a point about halfway back. Unable to gain traction on the slick surface, he rolled to the bank, where he stood briefly before collapsing from exhaustion to the ground. Both Brenndan and Haley were taken by ambulance to the hospital, where Haley was treated for hypothermia and contusions and abrasions to his legs. He sustained temporary nerve damage to his arms but fully recovered.
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