Super Hero Bride-to-Be Rescues Drowning Boy during Photo Shoot

bride-rescues-boy-collageRemember your engagement photo shoot? It’s one of those exciting moments in your life when the change on the horizon is palpable. You are elated and surrounded by a fog of “bride-to-be” euphoria. That is exactly what happened recently for one bride, 30-year-old, Becki Salmon of Andorra, Pennsylvania. Becki and her fiancé, Matt Werner, 33, were shooting their engagement photos on the banks of the Wissahickon Creek in Fairmount park, outside of Philly, when the unimaginable happened; a little boy who had been playing in the background slipped off the rocks and was drowning. Without even thinking, fully clothed, Becki dove into the creek and saved the little boys life.

Due to the recent rains, the water was very murky and Becki said she knew if she didn’t act fast, the boy would have never been seen alive again. It was that little boy’s lucky day, because Becki is not only a trained lifeguard but also a paramedic. As soon as she grabbed him out of the water she knew what to do; she put the boy over her shoulder and started patting his back, which caused him to throw up the water he had swallowed.

It really was that little boy’s lucky day because not only was Becki on hand as a trained paramedic and lifeguard, her fiancé is an EMT and her photographer is a paramedic as well. This situation could have been so much worse had Becki not been there.

Becki is pretty humble about the whole thing, saying, “Once you're an EMT for a while, you're in emergency services, you don't think – you react, it's what you're trained to do.”

Thank God for that, because her reaction is definitely what saved that little boy’s life.  One more really cool thing, aside from Becki being the coolest bride-to-be ever and a real life superhero (if you ask me), she will always have these photos to remember just how special her special day really is because her photographer, kept shooting photos the entire time she was rescuing the little boy.

Drowning doesn’t look like we’d expect. It’s a silent killer. It sneaks in and grabs our children and they are gone before we sometimes even realize anything was even amiss.

It’s awesome that the little boy was saved but had it been a lesser qualified person on the banks of the Wissahickon creek that day, they may not have recognized the signs of drowning like Becki did. Drowning doesn’t look like we’d expect. It’s a silent killer. It sneaks in and grabs our children and they are gone before we sometimes even realize anything was even amiss. So this holiday weekend, please be aware of your children while they play in the water and have a happy and safe Fourth of July.

Would you know the signs if your child was drowning?

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Image via ABC/ Courtesy of Ken Beerger Photography

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Super Hero Bride-to-Be Rescues Drowning Boy during Photo Shoot

Deborah Cruz, @TruthfulMommy, is the creator of The TRUTH about Motherhood, an often humorous and brutally honest look at motherhood. She's a writer, a wife, and a work-at-home Mommy who's trying to do it all well. She live in the Midwest with her 2 little girls and her husband. She has a lot of degrees from a bunch of schools but mostly spends her days shuttling people under the age of 7, while trying to maintain her sanity and she wouldn't have it any other way. She talks a lot. She ... More

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