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May 29, 2013 11:12 PM by Erin Steuber

Stranger Saves Drowning Man in Franklin

"Well without everybody else it wouldn't have been possible. I'm not the only hero, everybody else helped too," said Tyler Dantin.

The 19-year-old from Franklin is humble. Now she's being hailed a hero, after a Franklin man is alive, all thanks to her. He fell into Bayou Teche Tuesday afternoon while walking at Franklin's Parc Sur la Teche. But luckily for him, the right person wasn't too far away. And without hesitation Dantin jumped in after him. She says she doesn't consider herself a hero, but did what she had to do.

It was like any other day when Dantin sits by the Bayou Teche to clear her mind, and just relax. But Tuesday that quickly changed when she heard a man frantically calling for help. A 57-year-old man had collapsed and fallen into the bayou.

"So I took my car and drove and seen the guy floating. He was probably about 10 feet out and it's really deep right there," said Dantin.

"And you said when you jumped in you don't even really remember?," said KATC's Erin Steuber.

"No. I just hit the water, got up, got to him, flipped him over and a guy threw the rope and pulled us in," said Dantin.

Once she pulled the man to shore, another witness, who happened to be a nurse, began CPR. Within minutes, the man was on his way to the hospital, and Dantin was being hailed a hero.

"This is very emotional for me because you really don't find too many people that do that these days," said Dantin's mother, Tina Thibodeaux. "I honestly, being a first responder and being in law enforcement for as long as I've been, I can't honestly say that I would have did it. I was very proud of her. I am still very proud of her."

"I don't know. I don't feel like a hero. I just did it," said Dantin.

"Is coming out here going to be a little different for you from now on?," said Steuber.

"I'm never going to forget it, of course. But yeah, it'll be different. My mind will replay it over and over again I'm sure," said Dantin.

At last check the victim was still hospitalized, but is expected to be okay.

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