Our Hero! NYC Tourist Saves Child Who Fell in East River
Frenchman Julien Duret was the first in the cold water of Manhattan’s East River to save a 2-year-old girl who had fallen in.
Julien Duret, 29, from Lyon, France was on holiday in New York City this past weekend, visiting with his girlfriend for the first time. They were walking along the South Street Seaport on Saturday when he saw what looked like a doll fall from the Peking ship into the water.
Realizing it wasn’t a doll, but a baby, Duret sprang into action. “The emotion took over,” he said. “I didn’t think at all. It happened very fast. I reacted very fast… I’ve never done anything like that before.”
He threw off his jacket and jumped into the freezing water, grabbing Bridget Sheridan’s cold, unmoving body. Minutes later, Bridget’s dad, David Anderson, jumped in the water as well to save his baby girl. When being lifted out of the water, Bridget finally opened her eyes and started to cry.
All three were lifted to safety, and Anderson and his daughter were whisked away to the hospital before being able to thank Duren. But make no mistake, Anderson recognizes that the frenchman was “the first one in the water.”
Duren, a humble hero who believes he did what anyone would have done, has since returned to France. “I was just happy that I was able to help her, and I’m happy the family has been reunited,” he says.
Well, we’re sure all of New York would love to have you back. You’re a hero in our eyes! (NY Daily News)