People Taking Action: Neighbors help save Virginia Beach boy who fell through thin ice

Posted at 7:06 PM, Feb 19, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-19 19:08:33-05

Virginia Beach, Va. - Neighbors saved an 11-year-old boy who fell through a frozen pond in Virginia Beach off Indian River Rd earlier this week. So Newschannel 3 decided to surprise those rescuers, and we had some company when we showed up with People Taking Action awards!

Our first stop-- Joe Maggiore's house and we showed up with the 11-year-old Joe helped rescue, Demetirous Jordan.

Maggiore was glad to see him.

"How you doing buddy? you warm?"

It was Tuesday when Demetirous fell through a frozen pond. Maggiore, who's a surfer, grabbed his wet suit and took action wading into the frigid waters to Valecia Jordan's son.

She joined us too to say thanks.

"I think I sent him and his wife numerous messages already telling them how much we love you. We don't even know you, but we love you already and we appreciate you very much," she says.

Demetirous showed his appreciation, making a song and posting it on his mom's Facebook page. Maggiore was impressed.

"Yeah we saw it on Facebook..... that was pretty cool man. You're pretty talented."

We presented Maggiore with a People Taking Action award and a $100 Visa gift card from our community partner Southern Bank.

"Wow! Thanks you guys!"

Next we headed to next door neighbor Sean Smallman, who also helped in the rescue. He was also glad to see Demetirous under better circumstances.

"It's great, I am so happy."

Smallman provided the rope and also helped in the rescue of Demetirous. He credits the tight knit community.

"We have a great neighborhood. We help each other," he says.

He too was presented with a People Taking Action Award and a $100.00 Visa gift card from Southern Bank, as well as another neighbor, Jerry Faison, who also helped pull Demetirous from the icy water.

Faison also shared a piece of advice while hugging Demetirous...

"Alright now stay out that lake....stay out that lake now."

Advice all young people need to hear right now.


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