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EMTs prevent boy from jumping into river

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Emergency responders prevented a 9-year-old boy from jumping into the Red River on Tuesday evening south of Fargo.

Authorities learned about 6:30 p.m. that a boy was upset and threatening to jump off a log adjacent to the Orchard Glen development, east of Highway 81 off of 76th Avenue South.

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Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney said the boy climbed onto a log that stretched over the river. His mother was on the log talking with him, but the boy wouldn't let anyone else get on the log, Laney said.

Laney and April Rohrer, an EMT intermediate with the Horace Rescue Department, got into the water to talk with him. The Horace Fire Department stood by with life jackets.

Laney and Rohrer talked with the boy until they built a rapport.

Then Laney got close enough to pull the boy off the log.

"I have a 9-year-old, so I went into dad mode and law enforcement mode all at once," Laney said.

The water was up to Laney's chest and was "extremely cold," he said.

Laney said he doesn't know why the boy was upset, other than "personal issues."

The boy was not hurt and only went into the water during the rescue.

"It couldn't have gone better," Rohrer said.

Laney did not release the boy's name.

Laney credited the boy's friend for preventing anything worse from happening. The friend ran to get an adult and waited until authorities arrived so he could take them to the log, Laney said.

"The buddy's the real hero here," Laney said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Amy Dalrymple at (701) 241-5590

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