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Meet Leo Moody, America’s Knife-Wielding, Baby-Rescuing Logger Hero

Meet Leo Moody, America’s Knife-Wielding, Baby-Rescuing Logger Hero

Up in Maine, a logger named Leo Moody has quietly lived for 44 years under the radar. He did his job, lived a quiet life free from the spotlight and generally just worked hard so he could rest hard. But on Monday, Moody’s noble heart and great courage were required, and he handled himself in a manner becoming America’s greatest hero, which he is. Moody was on his way home from work when he saw a car overturned in a lake near Kossuth Township, about 175 miles northeast of Portland. A man whose bravery is matched only by his quick thinking, Moody pulled over, dialed 911 and was then informed by a bystander that a baby was trapped in a car seat, submerged in the water.

Moody wasted not a minute, but dived into the water without hesitation, swimming into the car and using his knife to cut the car seat free (“He said he always carries the knife,” the AP reports. “Usually for peeling an apple or whittling piece of alder.”) He freed the 3-month-old baby, swam back to shore and handed it to Wade Shorey, a man who had pulled over just to witness a legend in the making. Moody had no time to sit around—his services were needed at home, where his unspeakably lucky wife Betsy was waiting for him

“Just another reason why I love him,” Betsy told the AP. “thinking of someone other than himself” …

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