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CBP Officer Rescues Child From St. Clair River

Release Date
Tue, 05/08/2018

ALGONAC, Mich. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Johnny Grays was on duty at the Algonac Port of Entry on May 5, when a man reported his 12-year-old son had fallen into the St. Clair River.

CBP Officer Grays immediately responded to the scene. Upon arrival, Officer Grays found the young boy clinging to a seawall. The boy said could not feel his legs or hold on any longer. Without hesitation, Officer Grays slid under a railing to rescue the boy, extending one arm toward the child while keeping a grasp on the railing. After several attempts to reach the boy, Officer Grays slid further out toward the child while his

CBP Officer Johnny Grays
     CBP Officer Johnny Grays

parents held Grays’ legs. Officer Grays was finally able to successfully reach for the child and pull him back to safety. 

“Through his swift and courageous action, Officer Grays exemplifies the core values of CBP, and most importantly, saved a child’s life,” said Director of Field Operations Christopher Perry.

Tri-Hospital Emergency Services responded to the incident and cleared the child after evaluation on the scene.


Last Modified: Feb 03, 2021