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South Bend Man Saves Life Of Boy Who Fell Into The River

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WOWO):  A 13 year old boy had to be rescued from the Saint Joseph River thanks to the quick live saving actions of a South Bend man.  


South Bend Police along with Conservation Officers and the Fire Department got a call around 6 p.m. about a child in the water at Angela Blvd. and Riverside Drive in South Bend.  The boy, 13 year old Thomas Paluzi of South Bend, was fishing and slipped into the river.  The current swept him downstream, and two men heard the cries for help and rushed to the scene.  

38 year old Frank McDaniel of South Bend and 30 year old Brandon Ryan of South Bend were working at the Steel Warehouse and ran over to help Paluzi.  McDaniel tried to locate something to reach the boy with, while Ryan entered the water and attempted a rescue in the water.  Ryan was able to get to the boy, pull him from the water and bring him to shore safely.  

Officers say that Ryan entered the water at great risk of his own life.  When emergency crews arrived they determined that other than drinking some river weather, the boy sustained no injuries thanks to the heroic effort of Brandon Ryan.  

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