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Columbus Police Officers Being Equipped with Rescue Ropes
COLUMBUS (Tara Morgan) -- Police officers will have a new tool to help in water rescues should they be the first to find someone in danger.
Columbus police moved to get rescue ropes to put in patrol cars after a tragedy in February when a bystander jumped into an icy pond to save a five year old boy.
James Jenkins and Elijah Walker died after a desperate rescue attempt by police and fire.
"It pulled at a lot of officers heartstrings that we weren't able to prevent that tragedy from happening," said Columbus Police Commander Rhonda Grizzell.
Grizzell says the rescue ropes came to the department quickly so within the last two weeks, they were able to make a training video to send to all the police substations.
"Once this is up and running there will be 55 rescue ropes available on the street at any given time," said Cmdr. Grizzell.
All officers assigned to patrol will be required to watch the video.