8-year-old flood survivor to meet his rescuer next week

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Raiden Baker plans to meet his rescuer next week. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Raiden Baker plans to meet his rescuer next week. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
After being hit by a wall of water, he says a man named Kelley pulled him to safety and walked with him back to the parking lot to waiting paramedics. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) After being hit by a wall of water, he says a man named Kelley pulled him to safety and walked with him back to the parking lot to waiting paramedics. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
Now healing at home, Raiden wants to reconnect with Kelley. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Now healing at home, Raiden wants to reconnect with Kelley. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
FLAGSTAFF, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

The good Samaritan who helped a little boy after the deadly flood near Payson over the weekend has been found!

Tuesday night, we told you about 8-year-old Raiden Garcia Baker. He was one of only four survivors when a flash flood swept away his family from the Cold Springs swimming hole.

[READ MORE: 9 killed, 1 missing after flash flood tears through swimming hole near Payson]

After being hit by a wall of water, Raiden was separated from his father. He says a man named Kelley pulled him to safety and walked with him back to the parking lot to waiting paramedics. 

Now healing at home, Raiden wants to reconnect with Kelley. 

“He hasn't stopped talking about him since he came back,” said Tasha Baker, Raiden's mother.

[SLIDESHOW: Deadly flash flood at swimming hole near Payson]

After our story aired, we got a call from a man claiming to be Kelley's father-in-law. Numbers were exchanged, and more calls were made. Kelley and Raiden's mother were able to talk over the phone Wednesday morning.

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The three plan to meet in person next week. 

“I just want to tell him, 'Thank you for keeping me company, I'm so glad you were there,'” said Raiden.

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Lauren ReimerLauren Reimer joined the 3TV/CBS 5 family in June 2016. She is originally from Racine, WI but is no stranger to our heat.

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Lauren Reimer

She previously worked for KVOA in Tucson, covering topics that matter to Arizonans including the monsoon, wildfires and border issues. During the child migrant crisis of 2014, Reimer was one of only a handful of journalists given access to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facility in Nogales, where hundreds of unaccompanied children were being held after crossing into the U.S. from Central America. Before that, Reimer worked at WREX in Rockford, IL. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and still visits home often. When not chasing news stories, Reimer loves to explore, enjoying everything from trying new adventurous foods to visiting state and national parks or local places of historical significance.

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