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Hero jogger Rebecca saves kids from Mass. reservoir

Hero Jogger Saves Children from Drowning Near Boston

Most great superheroes go by only one name, like Superman or Catwoman. Now, you can add "Rebecca" to that list -- she's a jogger who saved two kids in Massachusetts.



"She's pretty modest and humble. Rebecca doesn't even want her last name used."

She was jogging around the Brookline Reservoir when a stroller with two kids in it started rolling toward the water.

The stroller went over the edge and into the water with the 1 1/2-year-old and 4-year-old stuck in it. The parents had their backs turned to the stroller at the time.

In a matter of seconds, Rebecca, a former lifeguard, jumped in and flipped the stroller over - likely saving the children's lives.

She told WHDH: "I think, in my head I was thinking: 'I hope I hear them cry. I hope I hear them cry.' As soon as I flipped it, one of the girls started crying, so I was like 'OK, they weren't in for too long.'"

WFXT says one mom jumped in as well but couldn't swim and had to hold onto Rebecca for help.

Amazingly, WBZ-TV reports, Rebecca was only in town for the day to celebrate her father's birthday. And actually, she's the latest in a string of joggers who happened to be in the right place at the right time.

A similar story took place last month in Indiana when WSBT says two joggers jumped into the St. Joseph River to rescue two kids being swept away.

"I think anybody would do the same thing. Just jump in, right?"

And in February, one jogger helped save both a man and his dog.

WMAQ says, "Twenty-two-year-old Adam Dominick, jogging here for the first time, a novice climber who thought fast, found a piece of rope, tied a special knot and began the rescue."

Police believe this latest incident at the Brookline Reservoir was simply an accident. The children were taken to the hospital later just in case. And we're thinking Marvel should make a superhero named Rebecca, stat.

Hero Jogger Rebecca Saves Kids From Mass. Reservoir

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frank1946 August 20 2014 at 7:25 AM

Happy Endings are so nice.

More Please !

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Marrieah August 20 2014 at 9:26 AM

sometimes fate dictates that a person be at a certain place at a certain time. Good Rebecca was there.

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ranger197172 Marrieah August 20 2014 at 11:27 AM

I was in Wal-Mart once and a little girl about 18 months was in the seat of the grocery cart. The mother (from India) had her back turned looking at something. I saw the girl stand up and dove for her as she lost her balance falling head first out of the basket. I caught her before she hit the floor. Her mother turned around and hollered at me about what i was doing with her baby. I let her have it in no uncertain terms. I am now a grandfather and i love children. They are our future.

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jwa5061 ranger197172 August 20 2014 at 12:31 PM

Yes, Caucasians NEVER turn their backs while their children are seated in a grocery cart, nor do Caucasians EVER act like a**es. We Caucasians are ALL such perfect parents. Ain't it grand! NOT!

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wittlief August 20 2014 at 7:23 AM

the children were NOT taken to the hospital 'just in case"

if you get water in your lungs you can DIE HOURS LATER, even though you seem to be okay after being pulled from the water.

its called 'second drowning" google it!

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what's up crazy! August 20 2014 at 8:41 AM

Awesome! Way to go Rebecca!!!

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kimcrdr August 20 2014 at 10:40 AM

Thank goodness she was there when it happened and that the kids were ok' Rebecca you are a hero!!

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neysasue1932 August 20 2014 at 9:30 AM

Use common sense. Everyone should know by now you can't take your eyes off children for even a second. My question is how did the stroller start rolling? If they were stopped why didn't Mom put on the brakes? Lots of questions.

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marscodyreno neysasue1932 August 20 2014 at 1:19 PM

Because she is dumb,stupid and an idiot. If those children had drowned the mother would have been responsible for their deaths because she was irresponsible in the first place.

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T Rock marscodyreno August 20 2014 at 4:21 PM

And she jumped in the water knowing she couldn't swim and ended up almost drowning Rebecca ! No more kids for her

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Happypoolprune neysasue1932 August 20 2014 at 4:38 PM

The article says she apparently didn't have the brake engaged - maybe she thought it was on but it came loose. My suggestion is that you never take your hand off the handle - Thank goodness all turned out well.

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vrf19977 August 20 2014 at 10:17 AM

Having your back turned to your children long enough for them to roll into a reservoir and flip over... that's not an accident, that's somewhere between child neglect and utter stupidity.

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Happypoolprune vrf19977 August 20 2014 at 4:40 PM

Let us know your kids never got into an accident - distractions happen - maybe she thought she put the brake on - and it slipped. Just be happy the children are okay -and reserve judgement.

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d1anaw Happypoolprune August 20 2014 at 6:38 PM

What part of they had their backs to the kids, which meant anyone could have come by and taken off with them, do you not get? They were oblivious to what was happening because they were "busy" doing something else, likely texting.... You don't turn your back on your kids that young in public, even for a minute. You are probably one of the entitlement generation parents that doesn't seem to believe that having children should change your life and that it's everybody else's job to deal with your kids. .....wrong.

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winky_dink August 20 2014 at 11:16 PM

I was hoping to hear the Mother paid for this girls flight tickets to fly over the pond first class. That wouldn't be too much to ask for after what this hero did. Would it?

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theomegaman72 August 20 2014 at 2:57 PM

odd that the mother's of the children who were saved chose not to be on camera to thank her publicly....maybe it's a cultural thing... Ive noticed many hispanic mothers paying no attention to their children while they are climbing things, running around in stores, etc

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Happypoolprune theomegaman72 August 20 2014 at 4:41 PM

Who says' she was Hispanic?

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Amanda theomegaman72 August 20 2014 at 5:05 PM

Funny I've seen a lot of white mom's doing that too...

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d1anaw Amanda August 20 2014 at 6:39 PM

A whooooole lot of them. It's a generational thing, not a race thing.

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Vito August 20 2014 at 6:42 AM

As rediculous as today's legal system is Im surprised the authorities don't charge the parent with neglect. Very happy everyone is ok.

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marscodyreno Vito August 20 2014 at 1:11 PM

They should.

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