Louis Charles Rosso helped to save two children from drowning, Atlantic City, New Jersey, July 4, 2011. A boy and a girl, ages 10 and 12, were in the Atlantic Ocean at a point about 300 feet from the beach when the girl called out for help. Rosso, 70, business operator, had just arrived on the beach nearby and heard her. Removing his shirt and shoes, he ran into the ocean and waded and swam out to the children, who grasped him by the arms and submerged him on his arrival. Disengaging himself, he oriented the children toward shore and repeatedly pushed on them to get them to safety. During the process, which fatigued him, he worked to keep the girl, who was losing consciousness, at the surface of the water. A responding police officer swam out to them and started back to shore with the children, and lifeguards followed shortly and towed Rosso to shore with a personal watercraft. Exhausted, Rosso was taken to the hospital, where he was kept overnight for treatment of having nearly drowned. He recovered.
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