“I wasn’t able to save Joshua, but I wanted to be there to help that family through that tough time. If that meant dressing up as Spider-Man then that’s what I’ll do.”
A routine missing child call on April 2 became worst day of Fort Worth Police Officer Damon Cole’s 16-year career, he told BuzzFeed News.
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Cole was dispatched to respond to a report of a missing 5-year-old boy. When he arrived, he found the mother crying and soaking wet in the driveway of the home where Joshua had been reported missing.
The woman had been searching a murky, black pool in her friend's yard where she suspected the boy had disappeared.
Cole immediately took off his belt and body armor and dove into the pool reaching for any sign of Joshua when he brushed against his body.
Cole and emergency medical responders attempted to resuscitate Joshua, who was wearing a Spider-Man shirt and shoes. But after an hour, he was pronounced dead at Cooks Children’s Hospital.
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Cole said on Facebook that he has had trouble sleeping ever since he found Joshua's body in the pool.
The officer met with the family a week after Joshua died and they appeared thankful for his help and called him a hero.
But, Cole said, « I don't view myself as a hero. I wasn't able to save their son. »