Ofc. Nicholas McPike Share

Sep 1, 2022  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

Mar­i­on Police Offi­cer Nicholas McPike is feel­ing grate­ful for being at the right place at the right time” to save a child from near­ly drown­ing in the Mis­sissinewa Riv­er in late July. McPike is a School Resource Offi­cer at Frances Slocum Ele­men­tary where he has since vis­it­ed the 9‑year-old boy.

On the evening of July 28th, 2022, McPike was called to the Mis­sissinewa Riv­er at Bal­lard Field along with oth­er first respon­ders on the report of a non-ver­bal autis­tic child strug­gling in the mid­dle of the riv­er. McPike recalled, When I arrived, I could tell it looked dan­ger­ous and asked God’s angels to pro­tect me and the boy. Once I jumped in the water, I noticed I could touch the ground. God had put my feet on sol­id ground.” McPike had safe­ly walked the boy back to shore with the assis­tance of Grant Coun­ty Sheriff’s Deputy Jalen Ward.

Mar­i­on Police Chief Angela Haley expressed, Offi­cer McPike took action with­out hes­i­ta­tion from the moment he exit­ed the vehi­cle. His actions that day pre­vent­ed a tragedy by sav­ing a life while hon­or­ing the oath he took.”

McPike offered advice to help pre­vent such an inci­dent in the future. When an autis­tic child wan­ders off, check bod­ies of water. They are attract­ed to water and usu­al­ly love to explore and play in it.” 

McPike joined MPD in Feb­ru­ary of 2018. He serves on the Emer­gency Response Team, and is serv­ing his sec­ond year as pres­i­dent of the local Fra­ter­nal Order of Police.