As he was walking out of his police vehicle to talk to the child, the youngster fell into the pond.
Officer Aaron Bulmer rescued the boy, Elijah Hamby, from a Central Park pond Sunday.
Bulmer believes that had he been 30 seconds or a minute later, the unidentified boy would have drowned.
Officer Bulmer calls out to a man on the bank: "I need some help, call 999 for me".
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"I don't think enough words, actions or anything would possibly be able to describe how thankful or grateful that we are that [Bulmer] was in that place at that time". "He was flailing his arms and his head was fully submerged - you can actually see that on the video". Bulmer was on another call when he saw Elijah walking alone in the park and then lost sight of him. "That's really been hitting me today - that God put me in that situation", Bulmer reiterated. "I think I lost my footing a little bit, but obviously the big concern was swooping the kid up".
"I got a civilian".
Emergency crews arrived at the scene and took the child to an area hospital to be checked out.
The parent was already out searching for him and was located and reunited with the child.