LPD: Hero teen saves 7-year-old boy from drowning

Lincoln Police are hailing a 16-year-old as a hero after saving a 7-year-old boy who had wandered off and was struggling in a pond.

The incident happened around 8 p.m. late Sunday evening, west of 17th and Hartland Road.

Police say the 7-year-old with autism had walked away from a nearby home and into the middle of the pond. A 16-year-old, who was walking by the pond at the time, saw the boy struggling in the water and ran down to rescue him.

LPD says the two went to a nearby home, received aid from one of the residents, who called 911. First responders arrived and took the boy to an area hospital. He’s expected to be okay.

Police say there were able to locate the 7-year-old’s parents, who were searching for the boy. No citations were issued by investigating officers.