PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – A police officer is being credited with helping to save a 2-year-old’s life when the toddler became pinned under a 400-pound rock.
Portsmouth Police Officer T.J. Potter was one of the first on the scene on Friday, when the boy became stuck while playing outside of his Portsmouth home.READ MORE: Water Conservation Urged In Massachusetts Amid Dry Spell
“He didn’t look good. I was really worried at first,” Potter said.
Potter, who worked as a stone mason for a decade before joining the police force, saw that one stone was close to giving way, and could crush the 2-year-old’s head.
“We didn’t think we had a lot of time to really think too much about it. We needed to act,” Potter said.READ MORE: Massachusetts Reports 1,831 New COVID Cases, 8 Additional Deaths
He took charge and carefully instructed other first responders in moving the giant rock.
Nine minutes later, the boy was freed and rushed to the hospital with serious head injuries. He is OK and recovering at home, where he is surrounded by family.
Potter’s fellow officers are praising him for a job well done, especially under mounting pressure.MORE NEWS: Dorchester Grandmother Killed By Stray Bullet While Sitting On Porch Identified As Delois Brown
“It makes us very proud as police officers,” said Portsmouth Police Officer Kuffer Kaltenborn.