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An off-duty St. Louis firefighter is being called a hero after rescuing a man who had driven his truck into the River Des Peres Sunday.
Firefighter Chris Dimza was driving in the area just west of I-55 when he saw a crowd of people was pointing toward the river. He stopped to see why.
Upon learning that a truck had gone into the rain-swollen river, Dimza, who's part of a water rescue unit stationed in north St. Louis, dove into the water and swam toward bubbles. A man surfaced briefly and the firefighter was able to bring him safely to shore.
Fire Department divers later pulled the man's truck from the water.
The driver was taken to a hospital. He has not been identified and his condition is unknown. No one else was injured in the incident.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Christopher Knafelc (kuh-NAY-ful) was a recovering drug addict with a long rap sheet who often wondered if he was a good person, and perhaps never considered that anyone thought he was a hero.
But that was before he leaped onto the tracks to help a stranger he'd just seen fall off the platform at a Philadelphia train station.
He called up to people on the platforms to get the trains stopped, knowing one would be arriving soon.
Now, the 32-year-old Knafelc is being hailed as a hero and he's holding his head a little higher. He's taking the praise from his good deed as another sign that he's on the right path in life.
Still, Knafelc says he was just doing the "right thing."