A police officer is being credited with saving the life of a 4-year-old boy found trapped in a neighbor's pool, face-down, after wandering away from home in New Britain on Wednesday morning.
The boy's grateful father told NBC Connecticut that his son left the house through an unlocked front door while he was in the shower.
Officer Frank Suworiec was one of the officers who responded and said that as soon as he saw the neighbor's pool, he "had a feeling."
He noticed the tarp moving, heard gurgling and lifted it up to find the boy, who was still conscious.
Suworiec then jumped in and pulled the child out, Chief James Wardwell said.
The child, who police said is autistic, was found in the area of Charles Street, not far from home.
Police from New Britain and Newington began searching for the child shortly before 8 a.m. and initially said the child was found within around 10 minutes. But the child's father said the boy was missing for half an hour.
The child was not injured.
The pool owners said that their yard is fenced in and they have dogs, so they don't know how the chidl got into the pool, but they said they are very grateful to Suworiec and are relieved the boy is okay.