WHITE BLUFF, Tenn. - A local police chief responding to a call about a critical injury at a swimming pool discovered his own son was the victim.
White Bluff Police Chief Mike Holman's son, 17-year-old Caleb Holman, was hurt in a swimming accident in Dickson County on July 4.
Caleb was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he has been undergoing therapeutic hypothermia protocol, a cooling of his body temperature, in an effort to reduce brain damage and swelling.
City officials, family, and friends are supporting the family every step of the way.
"I got to Vanderbilt as soon as I could," said Mayor Linda Hayes. "There were already 14 or 16 people there."
Mayor Hayes said people have been calling city hall all day checking in on Caleb and wanting to know how they can help.
"I guarantee you there will be barbeques, suppers, breakfasts, and lots of prayers," said Mayor Hayes. "This community is known for generosity."
City officials are collecting donations for the Holman family. An account has also been set up in Caleb's name at the First Federal Bank in White Bluff. Mayor Hayes said she knows the family appreciates everyone's support during this tough time.
"They are holding up as well as they can. They have to stay strong for the family," Hayes said.
Caleb remains in critical condition at Vanderbilt. Depending on the results of tests over the next few days, he may have surgery over the weekend.