An off-duty officer with the Clarkstown (NY) Police Department leaped into action when he saw a small girl in danger of drowning over the Independence Day weekend. - Image courtesy of Facebook. 

An off-duty officer with the Clarkstown (NY) Police Department leaped into action when he saw a small girl in danger of drowning over the Independence Day weekend.

Image courtesy of Facebook. 

An off-duty officer with the Clarkstown (NY) Police Department leaped into action when he saw a small girl in danger of drowning over the Independence Day weekend.

The young girl's mother posted on Facebook, that when they were attending a birthday party the young girl dove into a pool despite not being able to swim.

The mother wrote in her social media post, "I KNEW something was wrong. I didn't even know she was in the pool, (I didn't put her in there) but I knew. My heart was in my stomach as I was running to her, watching her bob up and down in the water, choking."

The woman added in her social media post that a man she had met just five minutes prior to the incident had made it to her daughter struggling in the pool first.

"She was taking in water and surely would have drowned. He dove in, fully dressed, shoes and all, over the side of the pool for a kid he didn't even know," the social media post read. "A kid he's not related to. A kid he's never met. He saved my kid's life. And I have no idea how to ever thank this man. This man is Paul Munding and he is a Clarkstown Police Officer! A hero!"

The Facebook post concluded, "I thought this police officer deserved some love! I certainly love him! And wanted to show everyone that think all cops are bad, they most certainly aren't."

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