January 26, 2021 by Cathy Stack
Anthony lost his leg 12 years ago in an accident. However, his physical condition did not stop him from courageously leaping into action in order to save the driver. The drama unfolded as Anthony was working out nearby at the Hudson County Park when he heard the loud commotion. He ran over to the water’s edge and spotted the drowning motorist. Anthony then leaped into action.
Anthony swam furiously and within seconds after diving in, reached the sinking vehicle. “I can’t swim,’ the panicked driver told Anthony, who calmly replied, ‘I’m a lifeguard, it’s OK.’ He reassured the driver that he was there to help him.
Anthony then grabbed the driver, named Joseph Kadian and managed to pull him out of the sinking car. He instructed Joseph how to float and then guided him safely back to shore where first responders stood by waiting to offer aid to both men. Mere minutes after the daring rescue, the SUV became completely submerged underwater.
Anthony said, “One thing I would tell people to take away from this is that everyone should learn how to swim.”
The driver of the submerged SUV was in shock but thanks to Anthony’s quick action, he didn’t suffer any life-threatening injuries in the accident.
In a follow-up interview Anthony confirmed that he did meet with the very grateful driver days after the incident. Anthony humbly commented that he was just glad that he was at the right place at the right time to be of help. When asked about this motivation to rescue a stranger, he said he lives by the golden rule, “do unto others what you would want done to you.”
Bystanders praised Anthony a hero. PassItOn couldn’t agree more. Anthony Capuano is a shining role model not only for other amputees but for us all. He is an outstanding example of the value of bravery as he let absolutely nothing stop him from coming to the rescue of a stranger. Please help us honor this courageous hero by sharing his inspiring story.
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