Jonathan Bauer is afraid of heights, however that didn’t cease him from leaping off a bridge some 25 to 40 ft to the water beneath to save lots of a bit of woman’s life.
On Might 2, Bauer and his teenage daughter Ava have been operating errands after they bought caught in a critical five-car pileup on the Route 90 bridge over Maryland’s Assawoman Bay. The accident despatched eight individuals to the hospital and left a pickup truck dangling precariously over the guardrail.
After ensuring Ava was okay, Bauer bought out of his automotive to see if anybody wanted assist. As he headed towards the teetering truck, its passenger alerted him to a heart-wrenching sight—a toddler, ejected from the passenger facet, was floating within the bay, her pink costume billowing within the waves.
“I appeared over and I noticed the automotive seat, another gadgets, after which about six ft away from the automotive seat, I noticed the little woman and she or he was on her again floating completely on her again, arms shifting, legs kicking,” Bauer mentioned, as reported by WJLA.
Scanning the water for close by boats that may be capable of assist, Bauer discovered none shut by. When he turned his consideration again to the little woman, he noticed she was in hassle. “She had flipped over onto her abdomen and her face was within the water,” he mentioned.
Bauer yelled to his daughter to drag over the primary firefighter or paramedic she noticed. Then he merely peeled off his sneakers and jumped in, ft first.
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Surfacing with out harm, he swam to the toddler, who gave the impression to be solely semi-conscious. Hefting the kid over his shoulder, he patted her again till she began to cough and expel the water from her system.
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Moments later, boaters Joe and Alayna Oertel, who’d witnessed the occasions unfold, arrived. After pulling Bauer and the 2-year-old to security, the Oertels rushed the pair to the 66th Avenue ramp the place they have been met by ready paramedics.
The little woman was airlifted to Johns Hopkins Youngsters’s Middle in Baltimore for analysis and remedy. (She’s since been launched and is predicted to make a full restoration.)
Bauer, overwhelmed by the expertise, quietly slipped away with out taking credit score for his courageous actions. Even after studies of the incident went public, he initially tried to maintain his involvement quiet, preferring to stay an nameless good Samaritan.
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His group, nevertheless, was decided to point out its appreciation. They bought their want.
On Might 7, in a “kitchen desk” press convention held at Ocean Metropolis’s Hearth Station 3, Bauer was reunited with Joe and Alayna Oertel and quite a lot of the primary responders who have been on the scene that day. Additionally in attendance, together with spouse Wendi and daughter Ava, have been Metropolis Council President (himself a volunteer firefighter) Matt James and Ocean Metropolis mayor, Rick Meehan.
In the course of the occasion, an emotional Bauer recounted his experiences of the fateful occasions. Whereas he was heaped with reward and even awarded a plaque to commemorate his heroism, it was clear having saved a life was all that really mattered.
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“Jonathan’s actually a humble hero and that’s what makes this much more particular than it already was,” Mayor Meehan mentioned, together with Ava in his accolades as properly. “This can be a day of thank yous. This was a very tragic accident… [but] the ending of the story is everyone seems to be okay, they usually’re okay due to everybody on this room.”
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