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Ohio man dies trying to save boy, called a hero

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A Columbus man who died trying to save a little boy from drowning is being called a hero who may have been thinking of his own son when he sprang into action.

James Jenkins was on his way home with his girlfriend on Thursday evening when he saw a 5-year-old boy struggling in a pond.

Witnesses say the 30-year-old jumped out of the car, dove into the pond and was trying to keep the boy's head above water.

But the two of them went under amid freezing temperatures.

The Columbus Dispatch reports  that four police and firemen who arrived soon after also jumped in but weren't able to find the pair.

Divers pulled them both from the water about an hour later. Jenkins died and the boy is in life-threatening condition.

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