A Waterloo Police Officer saved a three-year-old child this from the Erie Canal this afternoon.
The department says they were first called by a woman who spotted a three-year-old and a four-year-old unattended in her back yard. Police found the children had crawled out a bedroom window at their father's home and wandered off.
Officers arrived to find the children's father had caught up with the four-year-old, but the younger child was nowhere to be found. Officers called for fire department and sheriff's department backup and immediately checked the banks of the canal which runs behind the houses.
Officer Matthew Scaglione spotted the three-year-old floating on his back about halfway across the canal. He dove in, pulled the child out and started CPR as the child was having difficulty breathing.
The child was taken to Geneva General Hospital and then transferred to the Pediatric Unit at Strong Memorial Hospital.
Chief D.L. Marquart calls the action "quick and heroic."