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After several attempts, Larry kept diving farther into the car. On his last try, he checked the backseat. "That's when I felt Alena. I could feel her hair. So I just grabbed a hold of her hair," he says. Larry got her to shore, where others helped him pull Alena out of the water.

Sadly, Alena's grandfather did not survive. He was pulled from the water by a firefighter and revived at the scene, but he died soon after.

Alena has a special message for Larry. "You are my hero, and I think that you're a person that would risk your life, basically, to save a stranger and that's really admirable," Alena says. "And you're strong and quick thinking, and without you, I think it could have turned out a lot differently."
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Published on April 04, 2007

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