A teenager’s selflessness saved an elderly man from drowning after falling into murky waters

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Nic Berry, 19, of New Smyrna Beach, Fla. didn’t hesitate to rush into action when an elderly gentleman fell into a murky canal.

Berry was said to have been changing a customer’s car battery at an AutoZone when he heard the man screaming inside of the creek, reports the Daytona Beach News-Journal. Berry quickly prepared himself to enter the water and proceeded the pull the man to a dry bank about 100 feet away. Berry was only wearing his boxers, shoes and socks when he rescued the man.

The teen then called the police for help. A video recording of the 911 call was shared with the public:

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The elderly gentleman was later revealed to be a 56-year-old man named Alex who was also a diabetic. He tripped and fell into the water while walking home from a hospital where his wife was admitted.

“I told him to have a happy day and not to fall into any more ponds,” Berry recalled.

Melody Moses, Berry’s mother, expressed great pride for her son’s heroic actions.

“He told me, ‘I guess I did my good deed for the year,'” she said. “That’s when I told him, ‘No, Nicholas, you did a good deed that not a lot of people would’ve done in a lifetime.'”

Berry braved all sorts of potential threats, such as dangerous snakes and alligators. His actions come only weeks after a video surfaced of teens laughing while a disabled man drowned.

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