Homestead Police Officers Save Father & Son in Water Rescue

Derrance Hatfield is thankful for the quick action of officers with the Homestead police department who saved him and his son from drowning in a canal off 344th street in Homestead, Florida.

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Hatfield told WSVN news that he and his son were fishing in the canal when his 8 year old son, who cannot swim, lost his footing, and fell in. The boy began to struggle, and Derrance jumped in after him. The only problem is that Derrance also cannot swim due to a stroke he had last year.

“When I saw that, I knew I had to get in the water. Whether I could swim or not, I had to go try, I’m not going to sit here and let my son die.”

Derrance managed to bring him in a little closer to the shore, but it wasn’t enough. His stroke left him without any stamina and Derrance had to take a breather and go back in and get his son.

Homestead police officer Salvador Lopez was directing traffic at a nearby intersection for races at Homestead Miami Speedway with two other officers when he heard Derrance yelling for help. Lopez and the two officers raced over to the canal to see what was going on.

“I went ahead and jumped in with all my duty gear and brought the juvenile male up to the pavement. I was able to bring him to safety.” Said Officer Lopez

Derrance is thankful for the officers’ actions and believes he and his son would not be alive today if it weren’t for the actions of the police officers.

Derrance stated he was so grateful that the officers were kind enough to do their job. But then stated.

It wasn’t like he did his job; he did what a man should do, is help a man help a child.”

Both Derrance and his son are doing well.

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