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May 3, 2021 09:54:16   #
permafrost Loc: Minnesota
 
In 1976, Shavarsh Karapetyan, an Armenian Olympic swimmer, had just completed a 12-mile run with his brother when they saw a trolley bus crash into a dam reservoir. The trolley bus sank 80 feet offshore at a depth of 33 feet. Shavarsh immediately dove in and swam to the bus and despite zero visibility, managed to kick in the back window, injuring himself in the process. He proceeded to save twenty people trapped in the bus, one at a time, for hours.
The combined effect of the cold water and his inquiries from breaking the glass window led to his hospitalization for 45 days after the incident, during which time he developed pneumonia, sepsis, and lung damage which ended his athletic career.
For years, his story wasn't known, until an article about the event identified him by name in 1982. In 1985, he happened to pass by a burning building and rushed inside, again saving people trapped inside one at a time until he collapsed. He was again hospitalized with severe burns and lung damage.
He's still kicking it at 66. Just an awesome person I learned about today and thought I'd share.



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May 3, 2021 10:01:47   #
microphor
 
permafrost wrote:
In 1976, Shavarsh Karapetyan, an Armenian Olympic swimmer, had just completed a 12-mile run with his brother when they saw a trolley bus crash into a dam reservoir. The trolley bus sank 80 feet offshore at a depth of 33 feet. Shavarsh immediately dove in and swam to the bus and despite zero visibility, managed to kick in the back window, injuring himself in the process. He proceeded to save twenty people trapped in the bus, one at a time, for hours.
The combined effect of the cold water and his inquiries from breaking the glass window led to his hospitalization for 45 days after the incident, during which time he developed pneumonia, sepsis, and lung damage which ended his athletic career.
For years, his story wasn't known, until an article about the event identified him by name in 1982. In 1985, he happened to pass by a burning building and rushed inside, again saving people trapped inside one at a time until he collapsed. He was again hospitalized with severe burns and lung damage.
He's still kicking it at 66. Just an awesome person I learned about today and thought I'd share.
In 1976, Shavarsh Karapetyan, an Armenian Olympic ... (show quote)


Thanks for posting

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May 3, 2021 10:15:15   #
SWMBO
 
permafrost wrote:
In 1976, Shavarsh Karapetyan, an Armenian Olympic swimmer, had just completed a 12-mile run with his brother when they saw a trolley bus crash into a dam reservoir. The trolley bus sank 80 feet offshore at a depth of 33 feet. Shavarsh immediately dove in and swam to the bus and despite zero visibility, managed to kick in the back window, injuring himself in the process. He proceeded to save twenty people trapped in the bus, one at a time, for hours.
The combined effect of the cold water and his inquiries from breaking the glass window led to his hospitalization for 45 days after the incident, during which time he developed pneumonia, sepsis, and lung damage which ended his athletic career.
For years, his story wasn't known, until an article about the event identified him by name in 1982. In 1985, he happened to pass by a burning building and rushed inside, again saving people trapped inside one at a time until he collapsed. He was again hospitalized with severe burns and lung damage.
He's still kicking it at 66. Just an awesome person I learned about today and thought I'd share.
In 1976, Shavarsh Karapetyan, an Armenian Olympic ... (show quote)


He seems like an awsome person. May he be still kicking for many more years, and I don't care what his politics are or what color his skin is, he is still a good person.

SWMBO

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May 3, 2021 11:02:06   #
lpnmajor Loc: Arkansas
 
permafrost wrote:
In 1976, Shavarsh Karapetyan, an Armenian Olympic swimmer, had just completed a 12-mile run with his brother when they saw a trolley bus crash into a dam reservoir. The trolley bus sank 80 feet offshore at a depth of 33 feet. Shavarsh immediately dove in and swam to the bus and despite zero visibility, managed to kick in the back window, injuring himself in the process. He proceeded to save twenty people trapped in the bus, one at a time, for hours.
The combined effect of the cold water and his inquiries from breaking the glass window led to his hospitalization for 45 days after the incident, during which time he developed pneumonia, sepsis, and lung damage which ended his athletic career.
For years, his story wasn't known, until an article about the event identified him by name in 1982. In 1985, he happened to pass by a burning building and rushed inside, again saving people trapped inside one at a time until he collapsed. He was again hospitalized with severe burns and lung damage.
He's still kicking it at 66. Just an awesome person I learned about today and thought I'd share.
In 1976, Shavarsh Karapetyan, an Armenian Olympic ... (show quote)


There are lots of folks like him in the world who get little to no recognition.

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May 3, 2021 11:19:22   #
microphor
 
SWMBO wrote:
He seems like an awsome person. May he be still kicking for many more years, and I don't care what his politics are or what color his skin is, he is still a good person.

SWMBO


Ditto

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May 3, 2021 11:21:23   #
microphor
 
lpnmajor wrote:
There are lots of folks like him in the world who get little to no recognition.


I agree there is but right now, we have the opportunity to acknowlege him

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May 3, 2021 11:42:09   #
EmilyD
 
microphor wrote:
Ditto

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May 3, 2021 12:31:02   #
BigMike Loc: yerington nv
 
permafrost wrote:
In 1976, Shavarsh Karapetyan, an Armenian Olympic swimmer, had just completed a 12-mile run with his brother when they saw a trolley bus crash into a dam reservoir. The trolley bus sank 80 feet offshore at a depth of 33 feet. Shavarsh immediately dove in and swam to the bus and despite zero visibility, managed to kick in the back window, injuring himself in the process. He proceeded to save twenty people trapped in the bus, one at a time, for hours.
The combined effect of the cold water and his inquiries from breaking the glass window led to his hospitalization for 45 days after the incident, during which time he developed pneumonia, sepsis, and lung damage which ended his athletic career.
For years, his story wasn't known, until an article about the event identified him by name in 1982. In 1985, he happened to pass by a burning building and rushed inside, again saving people trapped inside one at a time until he collapsed. He was again hospitalized with severe burns and lung damage.
He's still kicking it at 66. Just an awesome person I learned about today and thought I'd share.
In 1976, Shavarsh Karapetyan, an Armenian Olympic ... (show quote)


That is a great story. Thank you for posting it.

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May 3, 2021 12:32:20   #
BigMike Loc: yerington nv
 
lpnmajor wrote:
No, he was Armenian. Did you read the whole post?



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May 3, 2021 12:33:36   #
archie bunker Loc: Texas
 
permafrost wrote:
In 1976, Shavarsh Karapetyan, an Armenian Olympic swimmer, had just completed a 12-mile run with his brother when they saw a trolley bus crash into a dam reservoir. The trolley bus sank 80 feet offshore at a depth of 33 feet. Shavarsh immediately dove in and swam to the bus and despite zero visibility, managed to kick in the back window, injuring himself in the process. He proceeded to save twenty people trapped in the bus, one at a time, for hours.
The combined effect of the cold water and his inquiries from breaking the glass window led to his hospitalization for 45 days after the incident, during which time he developed pneumonia, sepsis, and lung damage which ended his athletic career.
For years, his story wasn't known, until an article about the event identified him by name in 1982. In 1985, he happened to pass by a burning building and rushed inside, again saving people trapped inside one at a time until he collapsed. He was again hospitalized with severe burns and lung damage.
He's still kicking it at 66. Just an awesome person I learned about today and thought I'd share.
In 1976, Shavarsh Karapetyan, an Armenian Olympic ... (show quote)


Great story Permi. There are unrecognized hero's everywhere.

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May 3, 2021 12:35:01   #
BigMike Loc: yerington nv
 
manning5 wrote:
Little One lives up to her nickname every post she makes. Little mind, little spirit, little common sense, little inteligence, etc. etc!


Mean, too, for no reason.

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May 3, 2021 12:35:08   #
archie bunker Loc: Texas
 
EmilyD wrote:
The reason why permafrost put this in the General Chit Chat Section is because it is a non-political story of an extremely brave man who has given his help to many people who would have died if he was not around to save them. Taking this wonderful story and giving it a political bent with your unfortunate comment shows that you lack the ability to enjoy an amazing story of a great man's courage on its own merit.


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May 3, 2021 12:37:16   #
BigMike Loc: yerington nv
 
lpnmajor wrote:
There are lots of folks like him in the world who get little to no recognition.


True...and as long as we keep to the spirit of the post we'll all learn a little bit of what's really important to each other. This is the great value of general chit chat topics

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May 3, 2021 14:44:14   #
useful mattoid 45
 
permafrost wrote:
In 1976, Shavarsh Karapetyan, an Armenian Olympic swimmer, had just completed a 12-mile run with his brother when they saw a trolley bus crash into a dam reservoir. The trolley bus sank 80 feet offshore at a depth of 33 feet. Shavarsh immediately dove in and swam to the bus and despite zero visibility, managed to kick in the back window, injuring himself in the process. He proceeded to save twenty people trapped in the bus, one at a time, for hours.
The combined effect of the cold water and his inquiries from breaking the glass window led to his hospitalization for 45 days after the incident, during which time he developed pneumonia, sepsis, and lung damage which ended his athletic career.
For years, his story wasn't known, until an article about the event identified him by name in 1982. In 1985, he happened to pass by a burning building and rushed inside, again saving people trapped inside one at a time until he collapsed. He was again hospitalized with severe burns and lung damage.
He's still kicking it at 66. Just an awesome person I learned about today and thought I'd share.
In 1976, Shavarsh Karapetyan, an Armenian Olympic ... (show quote)


A real modern day hero. Sounds like a Super Human!!!

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May 3, 2021 15:50:34   #
Wonttakeitanymore
 
permafrost wrote:
In 1976, Shavarsh Karapetyan, an Armenian Olympic swimmer, had just completed a 12-mile run with his brother when they saw a trolley bus crash into a dam reservoir. The trolley bus sank 80 feet offshore at a depth of 33 feet. Shavarsh immediately dove in and swam to the bus and despite zero visibility, managed to kick in the back window, injuring himself in the process. He proceeded to save twenty people trapped in the bus, one at a time, for hours.
The combined effect of the cold water and his inquiries from breaking the glass window led to his hospitalization for 45 days after the incident, during which time he developed pneumonia, sepsis, and lung damage which ended his athletic career.
For years, his story wasn't known, until an article about the event identified him by name in 1982. In 1985, he happened to pass by a burning building and rushed inside, again saving people trapped inside one at a time until he collapsed. He was again hospitalized with severe burns and lung damage.
He's still kicking it at 66. Just an awesome person I learned about today and thought I'd share.
In 1976, Shavarsh Karapetyan, an Armenian Olympic ... (show quote)


God bless him!

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