‘AdidasPete’ wrote: USC player rescues drowning nephew by jumping off 2nd floor balcony onto concrete, wrecking both his ankles, and then crawls into the pool and gets him to safety.
Josh Shaw, a senior cornerback and a captain on the USC Trojans football team, injured himself while saving his young nephew from drowning in a pool over the weekend, according to a report from the Ripsit Blog.
While attending a family social function at his cousin’s apartment in his hometown of Palmdale, Shaw looked on from a second floor balcony to the pool below and saw his 7-year-old nephew, who cannot swim, in distress without help nearby. Shaw instinctively leaped off the balcony, landing painfully on the concrete below.
He was able to crawl into the pool and ushered his nephew to safety. Despite the intense pain in his legs, he was then able to grab the ladder and lift himself out of the pool with his upper body.
Josh had just been named team captain that morning.
When asked, he said “I would do it again for whatever kid it was, it did not have to be my nephew,”
Shaw, who will miss at least the season opener on Saturday, said he would have jumped in to save anyone. Head coach Steve Sarkisian expressed his admiration for Shaw’s courageous act.
“That was a heroic act by Josh, putting his personal safety aside. But that’s the kind of person he is,” said Sarkisian.
Shaw has two high ankle sprains but is otherwise fine physically. He is listed as out indefinitely.
What a hero!
Sources: Reddit, Ripsit Blog and Detroit News