Skip to main content

Boy who almost drowned meets his rescuers after 'incredible recovery'

The Eagan 6-year-old was found floating in a pool in May.

A young boy who almost died after falling into a pool at an Eagan apartment complex met his rescuers on Wednesday after an "incredible recovery."

Gedion Demissew was with his sister when they snuck out of their apartment home and into the pool area of a nearby complex when he fell in.

On Wednesday Gedion, who is now 6 years old but was 5 at the time, met with Aheed Boulis and Aaron Titel for the first time since the emergency on May 22.

They were the first to get to the pool and pull the boy from the water. After initially being shy to meet the pair, Gedion then gave Titel "a big hug."

According to KSTP, Gideon's father Tesfaye told the two men: "Thank you, I really appreciate for everything. He's alive because of them."

Titel, a construction worker, gave Gedion CPR after pulling him from the pool as they waited for first responders to arrive, the City of Eagan says.

Want more news? Subscribe to our daily newsletters.

Among the first to get there was Eagan patrol officer Tyler Goodling, who said on Wednesday: "Just knowing it’s a 5 year old in a pool, all you can think is I just want to get there. When I saw him it looked like he was gone."

Gedion was released from hospital after 2 weeks of treatment, making what the city called an "incredible recovery" after being near death.

Officer Goodling said he was "blown away" at meeting the boy for the first time since the near-drowning, saying: "You would never know he even went through that."

Next Up

Monti Ossenfort

Vikings lead off general manager interviews with Monti Ossenfort

Several candidates will interview for the job this week.

Payton Willis

Gophers' rally comes up short, lose to Iowa

The Gophers came back from a 23-point deficit but couldn't complete the comeback.


Firefighters respond to smoke-filled cabin to find man asleep inside

A wood stove was determined to be the cause of the smoke.

snow plow msp airport

MSP snowplow drivers reach contract agreement after threatening strike

Teamsters Local 320 reached an agreement with the Metropolitan Airports Commission Saturday.

Kellen Moore

What you should know about the Vikings' head coach candidates

Seven candidates were revealed on Saturday morning.

20211010_Vikings_Lions_REG05_1119 (2)

What is the next Minnesota Vikings GM inheriting?

A look at the strengths and weaknesses of the Vikings' roster and situation


Man dies after being 'punched in the head' during altercation in Duluth

A 46-year-old man is in custody and facing 1st-degree manslaughter charges.

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders says Zimmer, Spielman hadn't spoken 'in months'

Sanders' comments revealed some of the Vikings' issues last season.

police tape, crime scene

Brooklyn Park man pleads guilty in 2020 fatal drive-by shooting

Devon Manley will be sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 30 years.

Screen Shot 2020-06-16 at 7.48.35 AM

Man gets 10 years for fatal pawn shop fire during Minneapolis riots

The incident, which took place during riots in May 2020,  resulted in one man's death.


Normandy Inn and Suites

Boy, 4, critical after drowning incident at Minneapolis hotel

The boy was found unresponsive in the hotel pool.

Teen drowns in Minnesota lake after taking life vest off

The 18-year-old was trying to reach a floating dock.

Pixabay - pool ladder water

Boy, 9, dead after apparent drowning at North Mankato pool

It's the second drowning incident involving a child in Minnesota this weekend.

Screen Shot 2019-07-08 at 9.36.49 AM

Teen nearly drowns after suffering asthma attack while swimming

The 17-year-old was taken to St. Cloud Hospital.

lake water

Man drowns after being hit by watercraft on MN lake

The 50-year-old was pronounced dead in a hospital.

Screen Shot 2020-06-29 at 7.15.45 AM

Boy, 6, drowns in lake at a park in Rochester

The boy, from Chicago, was visiting his father.

Pixabay - pool ladder water

Missing 5-year-old dies after being found in Burnsville pool

The boy was found in the pool about 40 minutes after being reported missing.