The hero who jumped into a Maryland bay last month to save a young child was honored by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds aerobatic aircraft team, which gave him an unforgettable ride on Friday.
Despite being afraid of heights, Jonathan Bauer jumped 25 feet into Assawoman Bay after a car accident threw a baby into the water on May 2.
He saved the girl’s life and news of Bauer’s heroic quick-thinking actions prompted the iconic Thunderbirds to offer their own thanks.
They presented him with a ride in the backseat of an F-16 as part of the “Hometown Hero” by Thunderbirds Program.
“Jonathan Bauer is our local hero for the Ocean City Air Show,” stated the group’s official Instagram account.
“His selfless act shows the best America has to offer, and we are proud to have honored him with a flight today.”
On his 45-minute flight, Bauer continued to challenge his fear of heights, experiencing “the thrill” of hitting up to seven Gs, along with the accompanying twists and turns of the “best roller coaster imaginable.”
“I am incredibly excited to have this opportunity,” said Bauer, a native of southwestern Pennsylvania who works at Atlantic General Hospital in Maryland, and also received a subpoena from the governor for his actions.
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