After pulling toddler out of water, 7-year-old called a hero

After pulling toddler out of water, 7-year-old called a hero (Photo: KUTV)

(KUTV) A 7-year-old West Valley boy is being called a hero after he pulled a drowning 2-year-old boy out of a pool Thursday afternoon.

Cesar Galeana was walking to his cousin's house to play video games when he heard a "splash" coming from the pool at his apartment complex, Village at Rivers Edge, in West Valley.

"He was like tapping the water to get air," Cesar said. So he ran through the main office lobby, through the pool entrance and reached in to pull the 2-year-old to safety.

"I feel like I was holding a rock," Cesar said. But he was able to pull the boy out of the water and run for help. When apartment complex employees were notified of what happened, they called police and the toddler was transported to the hospital.

Roxanne Vainuku with West Valley Police Department said the toddler's family was loading groceries into apartment and didn't know he had wandered off.

Management at the apartment complex said surveillance video shows the 2-year-old wandering by himself, outside and inside the pool for for more than 10 minutes.

Vainuku said the 2-year-old is expected to make a full recovery.

To hear our interview with Cesar watch the story above.

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