WILDWOOD — A Philadelphia man is being lauded as a hero for saving a woman from drowning Monday night.
Just after 8 p.m., firefighters and police, as well as the Beach Patrol’s After-Hours Lifeguard Emergency Response Team, or ALERT, responded to Baker Avenue and the beach for a water rescue, fire officials said in a news release.
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There, fire Chief Ernie Troiano III found lifeguards assisting a young woman out of the ocean, officials said, along with another man getting out of the water.
The 20-year-old woman, whom officials did not identify, was taken to Cape Regional Medical Center for evaluation.
The man, Tyree Ward, an auto mechanic from Philadelphia, was on the beach with his family when the woman’s friend frantically approached and told him her friend was drowning, according to the release.
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“Without hesitation, Mr. Ward entered the water and swam out to the victim,” officials said.
Ward brought the woman close to shore until lifeguards came, officials said.
“Mr. Ward’s selfless actions most certainly saved this woman’s life,” officials said. “A family day trip to Wildwood resulted in Mr. Ward becoming an instant hero.”
City firefighters met with Ward and his family and gave him some T-shirts and a hat “as a small token of appreciation for a job well done,” according to the release, and they commended him for his heroic actions.
Officials reminded the public to swim only when lifeguards are on duty and if they see someone in distress in the water to call 911.