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Hero rescues toddler from car in pond

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Updated: 5/08/2013 9:43 pm

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.- When Donald Jackson saw an SUV sinking in a retention pond on his way to work to the Community First Credit Union, he acted on his security guard instincts to protect people.

"I just kind of looked around and didn't see anybody doing anything," said Jackson. "So I just I saw it sinking so that was the first thing I just took off everything and ran to the pond and jumped in."

He says he tried to open the driver side door but it was stuck. By the time he got to the back door, the SUV was nearly submerged, but he was able to spot a baby boy and pull him out.

"I held onto that boy as hard as I could," said Jackson. "I wasn't going to let him go. I got a three year old so I just know being in that situation, I would really love for someone to do that for my son too."

Another good Samaritan helped a woman who was in the front seat also escape. Jackson says he is still in shock. Some may call him a hero, but he says his ability to come to two victims rescue was nothing short of a miracle.

"I just believe god just really out me in the right place at the right time and it was more him," said Jackson.

The victims are recovering from only minor injuries.

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