Off-duty firefighter saves drowning girl on his birthday

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Off-Duty Firefighter Saves Drowning Girl on His Birthday

Minh Nguyen was celebrating his 37th birthday Saturday, but just because it was his day off didn't mean he'd hung up his firefighter's helmet. As he and his family were about to go eat dinner, Nguyen's mother-in-law came in screaming.

"A 10-year-old girl had just fallen through this ice," the WMAR reporter said.

"Just kept screaming, 'I'm gonna die, I'm gonna die, please help, please help," Nguyen said.

"Just then, her head goes under, Minh and his wife rush in," the reporter said.

"Somehow I made it to her hand and grabbed her up," Nguyen said.

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Coincidentally, Nguyen happened to be in the process of moving, so he had his rescue gear in his car. He tied a rope around himself and the girl and his wife helped pull them to safety.

"What's it like to save somebody's life?" the WMAR reporter asked.

"It feels good, it feels good," Nguyen said.

Of course, Nguyen's fire department in Howard County, Maryland, had to brag on him, writing on its Facebook page: "Snow, sleet and icy weather can often bring out the best in our firefighters. That's the case with Firefighter Minh Nguyen."

We think it's safe to assume this is probably the most memorable birthday Nguyen has ever had. The little girl is in stable condition at a local hospital.

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