INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A 6-year-old student at a west side elementary school was rescued from a pond after wandering away from recess Wednesday morning.
The Wayne Township School Corporation says the child left the Westlake Elementary playground just before 11 a.m. and staff members immediately began looking for him.
"I’m overly frustrated. This is my son, something should’ve been done and somebody should’ve kept an eye on him," explains Anthony Miller, the victim's father.
Family told us the kindergartner's name is Aiden Miller.
The little boy reportedly walked about a quarter of a mile, into a retention pond on the Wayne Township Fire Department training grounds in the 700 block of North High School Road.
Deputy Chief Rick Scott saw the boy thrashing in the pond and went in after him. Officials say the student was only in the pond for a short period of time and was fully alert as he was pulled out.
"I’m put where I’m supposed to be when the time is right for me to act," explains Deputy Chief Rick Scott, with the Wayne Township Fire Department.
Aiden and his mother Amanda wanted to thank Deputy Chief Scott face to face. They reunited Friday afternoon.
"If he had been even a minute later my son could've passed and he just saved him and I'm just so thankful for him and he'll forever be in my prayers," Amanda said.
Amanda says Aiden is autistic and loves to explore, but this time she's glad he ended up with the man who saved his life.
"Definitely in the right place at the right time. I mean God put him there at the exact right moment and I couldn't be more thankful for him," Amanda said.
Miller was taken to Riley Hospital for Children in good condition for a precautionary examination.
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death among people with autism. April is also autism awareness month.
The school district is investigating the incident and officials say they’ll make “any changes necessary to continue to provide the safest environment possible for (their) students.”