A daily walk to a cousin’s house turned into a 7-year-old saving another child in the pool.
Cesar Galeana from West Valley City, Utah was on his way to play video games in his family’s apartment complex one summer day last year. But as he walked past the pool, he noticed something unusual.
“I heard this splash,” he told 12 News.
As Cesar peeked through the gate to the pool area, he realized no one was around—except for a small child struggling in the water.
“I saw this kid drowning,” he explained, while imitating someone trying to swim.
“He was drowning.”
The 2-year-old had squeezed through the bars of the apartment and headed for the pool. The toddler was in the pool for a full four minutes before Cesar came and saved him.
Cesar to the rescue!
Cesar decided to pull the toddler out of the water before he got help, because did not want him to die.
“I thought he was going to die, so I ran to save him,” Galeana told 12 News. “I carried him out and then I […] told the office.”
Emergency authorities were called—they quickly arrived on scene and were able to revive the 2-year-old.
Thankfully, Cesar just happened to walk by. If he didn’t, the toddler could have drowned.
To everyone else, Cesar is a 7-year-old hero—but to him, he just wanted to save the toddler.
When the 12 News reporter asked him what made him take such heroic action, he said, “I don’t know. I just wanted to.”