Andres Torres saved Osman S. Hassan from drowning, New York, New York, December 21, 1984. While playing on Roosevelt Island, Osman, 4, fell into the East River and was taken away by the current. When he heard Osman’s mother screaming for help, Torres, 19, unemployed, jumped from the bus he was riding and ran to the river. He dived into the river from a wall and swam to the point at which Osman had submerged. Taking him to the surface then grasping him under one arm, Torres began to swim across the swift current back to the wall. There, others formed a human chain and pulled Osman, then Torres, to safety. Both were hospitalized for hypothermia, and they recovered.
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