GUILFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- A Guilford teen is being called a hero after saving a man's life. The man was inside of his car when it began to sink into water, that's when the young man jumped into action.
The sun's rays dancing off the Long Island Sound as a boat traverses by: it was a quintessential view from the Guilford Town Marina Monday.
Saturday night, however, was a totally different sight that unnerved 19-year-old Peter Shioppo and his friends.
"I was sitting down at the docks with my friends, Josh Bishop, Dan Tucker and Emily Taylor," Shioppo said.
A car was heading into the water at a slow rate of speed.
"We weren't really sure it actually happened," he said.
They called 911 and rushed to the dock.
"I stood here like this and then I jumped in," Shioppo explained.
"It was about up to my neck, so I believe it was about 5 feet, maybe a little give and take."
His focus was clear.
"I didn't want to see him die, I didn't want to see him die," he said. "He was saying there was water coming in and that he couldn't open the door and that he needed help."
With the vehicle starting to sink Shioppo punched through the rear window with his hand.
"At first I grabbed his hand and pulled it partially toward me, and once he was close enough I was able to grab him by his torso and pulled him out the rest of the way."
His friends got the man to emergency personnel that had just arrived at the scene.
"He didn't say in particular too much, but I think it must have been because of the daze. I wasn't really sure of his condition or anything else."
Shioppo says he's no hero.
"I was more concerned about getting him out, so that he was able to go back to his family," he said.
Shioppo says he hasn't heard from the driver, but what's most important to him is that the man did survive.
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