GRAFTON - Over the weekend, Chris Etre, a man from Grafton, Massachusetts, was driving on Wheeler Road when he saw a car slip and sputter on the iciness of the road. The car then wildly spun out after the driver clearly lost control of the vehicle, crashing deep into Lake Ripple. The driver, a 17-year-old boy, was able to save himself from the submerged waters, but with the crashing tides and the lack of a tool to break the passenger side window open, the 18-year-old girl he was driving with was stuck. The windows were rolled all the way up and she couldn't break free.
Etre didn't hesitate when he saw the car crash. He lept from his car, grabbing a wrench he was driving with and dove into the freezing lake. When he arrived at the car, he saw that it was half-submerged already and the passenger window was impossible to break because of the impact of the airbags. Instead, Etre smashed the back window and pulled the girl from the car. The two were admitted to UMass Medical Center and were determined to be unharmed. As for Etre, his hand was only cut slightly from the glass.
The chief of police in Grafton, Normand A. Crepeau Jr., has since released a statement recognizing Etre for his bravery.
"Without his rapid intervention, the outcome could have been tragic. What he did was very heroic."
That is certainly an understatement. Etre has since been flooded with messages of gratitude and praise from people he has never met before. With the heroic act coming so close to Christmas, many believe that Etre is some sort of guardian angel.
In response to this onslaught of well wishes, Etre sort of laughed it off when speaking with Patch.com. He remarked that he wouldn't be able to respond to every message before the end of the year, but he was grateful that everyone else was grateful, too, especially the parents of the girl he saved. There is no denying that he is a hero.
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