The 7-year-old from Staten Island was hailed as a hero for saving a toddler from drowning


7-year-old Massiah Browne has been dubbed a real-life superhero for saving a toddler from drowning in California earlier this month.

“He was at the bottom of the pool,” Massiah said.

Massiah, who is from Clifton, Staten Island, was swimming at his Sacramento apartment complex on July 19 when he saw a 3-year-old boy at the bottom of the pool. He says he saw the boy and swam towards him and pulled him out of the water. The toddler was revived at the scene and transported to the hospital.

“You never hear of a 7-year-old rescuing a 3-year-old, so it was very shocking,” said Massiah’s mother, Tiara Delvalle.

Delvalle says she and her family moved to California from Staten Island just a few months ago. She says her son loves the water and has taken swimming lessons since he was a little boy, but his actions that day, she believes, were purely instinctive.

Delvalle tells FOX 5 NY she was in touch with the 3-year-old’s family and says the boy was taken to hospital and has made a full recovery.


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