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Old 06-15-2004, 01:50 PM   #1
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Man Saves Drowning Boy

It's a refreshing change of pace to actually read some news that is positive.

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Office worker dives into the Trinity to save child

By Deanna Boyd

Star-Telegram Staff Writer


FORT WORTH - At times, the view from Tim Biser's office window offers a pleasant distraction.

On Monday, it helped saved a life.

Biser is being hailed as a hero after he dived into the Trinity River on Monday afternoon and rescued a 12-year-old boy after spotting him from his second-floor office window.

"Many times the right person is at the right place at the right time, and this gentleman was definitely the right person," said Lt. Kent Worley, a Fire Department spokesman.

Biser, a draftsman with the civil engineering firm Hunter Associates of Texas/LandCon, was working in his cubicle on the second floor of the Park Plaza building at 2501 Parkview Drive.

Shortly after noon, co-worker Wes McCarroll pointed out to Biser and fellow draftsman David Padilla that a woman and three children were playing on a rock dam in Trinity Park.

McCarroll said the group caught his attention because the youngest child was wearing a life vest.

"I was like, 'Are they planning on swimming?' " McCarroll said. "I glanced up again and saw one kid in the water. I don't know if he fell in or got in to swim."

As the three men watched, it became evident that the boy was not swimming but rather being swept away by the river's strong current.

"We could see his head," Biser said. "He was in that little stream, and his head and arms were bobbing up and down."

The woman's efforts to reach the boy were futile.

Biser sprang into action.

The 46-year-old Fort Worth resident sprinted down a side stairwell and darted across Parkview Drive and down a grass embankment. There, still dressed in jeans, shirt and tennis shoes, Biser dove headfirst into the water, swimming toward the panicked child, by then almost 100 feet from the dam.

"He saw me. He was yelling 'Help me! Help me!,' " Biser said. "I got to him. I was pretty heavy with clothes. He was climbing on me."

Clutching the boy to his side, Biser said he swam until his feet could reach the river's bottom. After a short rest to catch his breath, Biser waded to the bank, where two men helped him and the child out.

"He seemed to be OK," Biser said of the child. "He was saying, 'Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.' "

The boy, whose identity was not released Monday, was taken to Cook Children's Medical Center. Worley identified the other two children as the 12-year-old's siblings and the woman as their baby sitter.

After the rescue, Biser drove home, changed out of his wet clothes and returned to work. That afternoon, his waterlogged black wallet lay spread out on his desk, still drying out from his lunchtime swim.

"I'm still shaking," Biser said, raising his unsteady hands as proof. "I'm still tired out. That's a tough thing to do."

When asked if he felt like a hero, Biser shrugged his shoulders and quietly muttered, "I guess."

"He was needing some help, so I helped him out," Biser said. "I'm glad I could be there. Thank God.""
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I could have had a V8!! :D
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I thought it was a nice, positive post. :D
I'll start spending my days looking out the window. At least I'll have a viable excuse instead of playing on here! LOL
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Yay for him. ^^ I love hero stories. Makes you love ppl more. ^^
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Good story too.
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Yay for him. ^^ I love hero stories. Makes you love ppl more. ^^
Yea, hero stories are great. My friend's sister is a hero. She was driving down the highway when she had just witnessed a car accident. A car had rolled off the highway and caught fire. She stopped and pulled the victims to safety. She was recognized in the local paper and given some kind of award.

Here is another hero story:

"Worker dressed as devil saves teenager

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STOCKHOLM, Sweden - Ben-Hur Pereira was dressed as a devil but became the guardian angel of a teenager dangling from a four-passenger gondola on a Ferris wheel.

Pereira, who works as a devil in the "Ghost House" at the Groena Lund amusement park in Stockholm, had stepped out of the attraction Wednesday and saw the 16-year-old boy holding tight to the gondola. He had somehow fallen out of the passenger compartment and was hanging 30 feet above the ground.

Pereira, a trained acrobat, scaled the Ferris wheel, reached the teenager and pushed him back inside the gondola car.

"I acted on impulse. I have the technique and had the equipment. To climb is my job and now it just happened this way," said Pereira, wearing a black body suit with flecks of red, a goatee and a silver stud in his lower lip.

"He was a devil of a hero," Robert Mesterton, Groena Lund's chief executive told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Mesterton said park officials weren't sure how the boy managed to slip out of the gondola but when they saw what happened they stopped the ride.

The teenager wasn't injured but was taken to a hospital for a checkup and released.

Mesterton said the park has had the Ferris wheel for 30 years and Wednesday's incident was the first time anyone had been in danger of falling out. He said the incident is being investigated by the park and police."

The greatest hero story I've heard was about a young boy, approximately 12 years old, that jumped into a river to save his younger sister from drowning, and lost his life in the process. His sister survived. I heard it on the radio driving to work one morning. I've searched and searched, but I can't find that story anywhere. I'll keep looking and post here if I find it.
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Originally posted by Winning_BlueRX8 The greatest hero story I've heard was about a young boy, approximately 12 years old, that jumped into a river to save his younger sister from drowning, and lost his life in the process. His sister survived. I heard it on the radio driving to work one morning. I've searched and searched, but I can't find that story anywhere. I'll keep looking and post here if I find it.
That's so sad.. definitely post if you find it. ^^
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That's so sad.. definitely post if you find it. ^^
It was on CNN's site.
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