Miami-Dade officer honored for saving boy who nearly drowned

'Training kicked in,' Officer Philip Hall says

KENDALL, Fla. – Officer Philip Hall and Roxanna Miele share a special bond because a little boy named Nathan Miele, changed both of their lives forever.

"This whole experience has changed my life, my whole family's life"  Roxanne Miele said.

In April, while Miele was at work, Nathan was at his grandmother's house in Kendall when he snuck outside and ended up in the pool, when family found him, he was face down in the pool, unresponsive.

"I was at work when I got the call, my body was just like, my soul came out," Miele said. "I rushed, I'm not even sure how I got to the hospital."

Hall works in the Hammocks Division of the Miami-Dade Police Department and responded within two minutes of the call. 

 "water was around him," Hall said. "Training kicked in, I performed CPR on him until fire rescue arrived." 

That CPR likely saved Nathan's life.

Recovery has been a long process for the boy, and has required months of treatment but he is improving.

On Nov. 17  the Kendall Federation of Homeowners Association honored Hall, who had no idea Nathan and his mom would be there.

"I never expected them to be here, but when he said that she was here, and I saw the baby, I couldn't compose myself. I had to break down in tears because I just relived that day," Hall said.  

Miele said she is thankful her son is alive.

"(I) thank God every day and believe and hope, you can never stop hoping, believing and praying for tomorrow,"  she said.

Nathan is doing a lot better but he still has a long road to recovery ahead.

The family out they've set up a Go Fund Me page.