Jon Candelaria is being hailed as a hero for pulling a man out of rushing floodwaters during Superstorm Sandy. He did what most hope to have the courage to do in a life or death emergency.
The 25-year-old father was in his family’s Upper East Side apartment on Monday night when he looked out the window and saw an SUV taxi lifted by the powerful force of water beneath it. While his mother tried to reach 911 for help, Candelaria went to save the driver who was nearly drowning. The water was up to Candelaria’s chest, but he managed to pry open the door, with the driver’s help, just in time.
Neighbors witnessed the daring rescue. At 6-foot-5, Candelria carried the driver, who was about 5-foot-1, to safety.
He’ll join us tonight to talk to Anderson about that fateful night. Watch the interview at 8 and 10 p.m. ET.
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