The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds honored a Washington County Sheriff’s Sgt. for saving the life of an 8-year-old boy.
Last Christmas, Sgt. Aaron Thompson dived into a frozen pond near New Harmony in southern Utah to save a boy who fell through the ice while chasing his dog.
“I was just doing my job,” said Thompson, who does not seem himself as a hero. “I was the right guy, at the right place, at the right time.”
As a reward for his bravery and selflessness, the Thunderbirds treated Thompson to a 45-minute flight on an F-16 fighter jet.
“It was amazing,” Thompson said. “The thrust that thing has, it was just absolutely incredible.”
After the flight, the Thunderbirds presented Thompson with their “Hometown Hero” award.