During the deadly gunfire that left five dead and eight wounded at Florida’s Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Friday, a Rochester, New York man risked his life to save that of another.
In an interview with a local Florida paper, Annika Dean recalled how retired electrician Tony Bartosiewicz threw himself on top of her and whispered, “I will protect you.”
“He shielded me. He basically climbed on top of me and whispered, ‘I will protect you,’” Dean said of her hero. “I knew he might be a victim, but I also knew I would survive.”
Neither Bartosiewicz nor Dean was hit during the tragic shooting spree ignited by Esteban Santiago.
Jenny Miller, Bartosiewicz’s daughter, told the newspaper that she knew her father to be extremely selfless, recounting the day he saved her from drowning in a pool when she was young.
“That’s the kind of person he is,” she said proudly. “He would do something like this without thinking.”
The shooter, Esteban Santiago, turned himself into the FBI two months ago claiming the government and voices in his head were telling him to join ISIS. Just one month ago, on Dec. 8, Santiago was released from a mental health facility. He will appear in court on Monday.
H/T: The New York Post
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