(ALGONAC, MI) – US Customs and Border Protection Officer Johnny Grays was on duty at the Algonac Port of Entry on May 5 when a man reported that his 12 year-old son had fallen into the St Clair River. Grays immediately responded to the scene and, upon arrival, found the young boy clinging to a seawall.
The boy said he could not feel his legs or hold on any longer.
Without hesitation, Grays slid under a railing to rescue the boy, extending one arm toward the child while keeping a grasp on the railing. After several attempts to reach the boy, Grays slid further out toward the child while his parents held Grays’ legs.
Grays was finally able to successfully reach the child and pull him back to safety.
“Through his swift and courageous action, Officer Grays exemplifies the core values of CBP, and most importantly, saved a child’s life,” said director of field operations Christopher Perry. Tri-Hospital Emergency Services responded to the incident and cleared the child after an on-scene evaluation.