He saw a car crash through a guardrail and plunge into the water and quickly jumped in to rescue the driver from the submerged car.
Tom Walsh, a sous chef at Phillips Seafood, a popular restaurant in Baltimore's Inner Harbor, is being hailed a hero for saving a stranger's life. According to reports, the man's car crashed through a guardrail and plunged into the cold, murky water of Baltimore's Harbor. As the vehicle sank, Walsh, who works as a sous chef at Phillips Seafood, saw the incident unfold and quickly sprang into action. Without hesitation, he jumped into the water and swam toward the submerged car. Despite the danger, Walsh managed to break the vehicle's rear window and pull the driver out of the car to safety, reported Good News Network.
A neighbor just shared photos with me from the rescue at the Inner Harbor - they say it was an older man who was in the car. They believe a worker from Phillips jumped into the water,Broke the window and pulled out the driver @wjz pic.twitter.com/vy1gBcRjUf— Kelsey Kushner (@KelseyKushnerTV) March 22, 2023
After being pulled from the water, the driver was treated by emergency medical personnel and taken to the hospital for further evaluation. The man's condition is unknown, but reports suggest that he is recovering well. According to CBS News, the driver was "experiencing a mental health crisis." Meanwhile, Walsh's heroic actions have been commended by local authorities, who have called him a true hero for his quick thinking and bravery in saving a stranger's life. In an interview with a local news outlet, Walsh credited his instincts and training for his heroic actions. He said that he has been trained to handle emergencies in the kitchen and that those same skills helped him in this situation. Walsh's actions have also drawn attention to the importance of mental health awareness, and the need for better resources and support for those who may be struggling with mental health issues.
ForksTalk Newswatch: Sous Chef Dives Into Harbor, Breaks Window of Sinking Car and Saves Driver: Wednesday was just a normal day at work for a sous chef in Baltimore — until he had the opportunity to prove his mettle and is now being hailed a hero.— ForksTalk (@TalkForks) March 23, 2023
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Tom Walsh's selfless act of bravery serves as a reminder that heroes can be found in unexpected places and that ordinary people can make a difference in the lives of others when they choose to act with courage and compassion. Cher Briscoe, a witness, said, "I hope he’s OK. But the man that saved him—I hope he gets a reward and some money." After Walsh jumped into the water to save the man, he realized that the car was sinking rapidly and the driver was trapped inside. Without wasting any minute, Walsh swam towards the car and attempted to open the doors, but they were locked. With time running out, he decided to use his elbow to break the car's window, allowing him to pull the driver out to safety.
Walsh, identified to news media by a spokesperson for the restaurant, is said to be a private and humble person who prefers not to be in the limelight. In another similar incident, while on his morning run in Eugene, Oregon, Greg Spike, a 74-year-old grandfather, noticed smoke emanating from a hotel located on the Willamette River. As luck would have it, Spike had taken a shorter route that day and happened to be in the vicinity when the incident occurred. While recording the fire on his phone, he heard a woman's plea for help. The woman was Stacy Barkley, an Illinois native, who was staying at the hotel while visiting her family. The fire, which broke out on the second floor of the Valley River Inn, had quickly spread to the third floor, prompting a three-alarm response. Spike did not hesitate to spring into action.