Cesar Galeana of West Valley City, Utah, was headed to his cousin's house to play video games last week, but as he passed by the swimming pool of his apartment complex he noticed a problem -- there was a small child in the water, face down and struggling. The pool was empty and there was no one else in the area, so 7-year-old Galeana wasted no time leaping into action. 

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"I thought he was going to die, so I ran to save him," Galeana told 12 News. "I carried him out and then I [...] told the office." Galeana remained on the scene while emergency responders arrived and began to work on the 2-year-old victim, who had been in the water for about four minutes. 

The toddler was taken to a hospital and last reported to be on his way to a full recovery.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 417 children younger than five were killed by unintentional drowning in 2014 in the United States. "Drowning is the number one cause of injury death to children under five in this country," said Eric Lupton, Vice President of the National Drowning Prevention Alliance

A 2015 report from the Consumer Products Safety Commission adds that, for each year 2012-2014, more than 4,100 children in this age group suffered injuries from non-fatal drownings that were severe enough to require attention from emergency medical services. 

Lupton urged parents to ensure that their kids learn at least basic water safety. "Children as young as six months old can learn effective swimming survival skills like rolling over and floating," he said.

The Utah apartment complex had passed a safety inspection of the pool just the previous week, reports KUTV.com, but the toddler was able to push on the bottom half of the gate just enough to slip through while his parents were distracted. Surveillance video shows the 2-year-old playing near and in the pool for over ten minutes until he went so far into the water that he couldn't get back. Fortunately, that was just when Galeana happened by.

The gate was secured with zip ties immediately after the incident and the pool was closed indefinitely.

Galeana is being hailed as a hero, but he has a humble heart. When the 12 News reporter asked him what made him take such heroic action, he said, "I don't know. I just wanted to."