O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — A political candidate who was campaigning in a St. Charles County neighborhood is getting accolades for helping to save a 2-year-old from drowning.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that O’Fallon resident Scott Redell went inside for just a minute Wednesday, then went back outside and found his 2-year-old son, Bently, at the bottom of a small rubber swimming pool.

At about the same time, Rod Hoffman was ringing the doorbell. He is a candidate for state representative.

Hoffman heard a scream. A woman asked if he knew CPR. Hoffman did, ran to the pool and was able to revive the child.

Bently was taken to a hospital and returned home the next day. He is doing well.

Hoffman is a Democrat. His Republican opponent, Ron Hicks, applauded his actions.

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