ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- It was a split second decision that ended up saving a life and Monday, a 17-year-old East Syracuse Minoa student was honored for his actions.
Alex Travis was recognized at Monday's ESM school board meeting for pulling a 93-year-old man from a sinking car. It happened at the Bradley Brook Reservoir.
Travis and his grandfather were driving when they saw a car floating in the water. He swam out to the car and pulled the man to safety.
Travis says he doesn't consider himself a hero, but community members, including the man he saved, say they're not sure everyone would have reacted as quickly as he did.
"There were two people who sat there, watching him drown, didn't call 911, just literally watched him sink. So I mean, help people," Travis said.
"I know Alex had a big time in helping me through my life here on earth, because without his help, I wouldn't have been able to get out of the car," said Stuart Deland, who was pulled to safety.
Travis met the man he rescued, Stuart Deland, for the first time at the meeting.