A 7 year-old boy was saved from drowning by an alert Michigan State Trooper, Thursday afternoon.

Trooper Gantert heard the Mendon Police Department being dispatched to a possible drowning victim in the Village. He arrived on Mill Street, near Fremont Street and found the boy who had been pulled from the river by his father.

The trooper directed lifesaving efforts and began rescue breathing for over 15 minutes. Mendon Police and Fire assisted in monitoring the child’s pulse and air intake. The child began breathing more regularly while coughing up river water. His color then returned and he began crying.

The child was then transported to Bronson Hospital in Kalamazoo for further medical attention.

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