We have featured quite a few American Heroes. Some who perform on big stages, such as Brad Snyder in the 2012 Paralympics or Vincent Hancock in the 2012 Olympics. Others who serve in relative anonymity, such as Kevin Killian or the Santa Barbara County Fire Dept.
Here's a story of another gentleman who faithfully goes about his daily work in loyal service to his community.
Randy Regan is a Firefighter and 20-year veteran of the NYFD, Ladder 20.
He says, "I've lived in New York my whole life and you see a lot of strange things." So when he saw a woman floating on a log in the Hudson River earlier this year (March 2012), he simply knew she needed to be rescued.
He was riding his bike through NYC at 7:30am, headed to work. He knew the water would be cold if he jumped in to help the woman. In fact, the water was 48 degrees!
But he took the dive, swam out 40 feet, and brought the woman to shore. She surely would have been in serious trouble without Randy's rescue effort. He asked two other women to call 911. When the Police and EMS arrived he continued on to work.
Remarkably, Randy still arrived for his 9:00am shift a few minutes early!
See Randy's full story on the NYC website.
He's a humble man who plays off the event as just being part of his job. But this is a great example of how American Heroism preserves and protects our quality of life!
Thanks for your service Randy!!
Check out this video of Randy talking about what happened...