Off-duty OPD officer rescues drowning 5-year-old boy

Officer Izzy Hernandez, 51, rescued boy from water at South Florida beach

Published On: Mar 21 2012 12:30:28 PM EDT   Updated On: Mar 21 2012 01:44:02 PM EDT
JUPITER, Fla. -

Police in Jupiter, Fla. say an off-duty Orlando police officer saved a 5-year-old boy  who was drowning at a South Florida beach.

Jupiter police say officer Izzy Hernandez, 51, worked with another citizen to the save the boy, who they found face down in the water and unresponsive at Jupiter Beach Park on Monday evening.

Hernandez and the citizen pulled him to shore and Hernandez began rescue breathing efforts until the arrival of Palm Beach County Fire Rescue officials, according to a release.

The boy was taken to St. Mary's Hospital and is expected to recover.