A Philadelphia couple who saved the life of a young boy last July was recognized for their heroism in a big way during a taping of the Steve Harvey Show.
Last July, Becki Salmon and her fiancé, Matt Werner were taking engagement photos at the Wissahickon Creek in Fairmount Park. As they were snapping photos, they suddenly noticed a young boy who had fallen into the water and was struggling to stay afloat.
Salmon, who happens to be a paramedic, and Werner, who happens to be an EMT, quickly sprang into action and pulled the 5-year-old boy to safety as their photographer snapped pictures of the daring rescue.
The couple received publicity from several outlets, including the Huffington Post, after the story surfaced. Comedian and TV host Steve Harvey believed they deserved more however.
That’s why Harvey recruited NBC10’s Rosemary Connors to help surprise the couple with a very special gift.
Connors stopped by the couple’s home as the cameras rolled and Harvey’s audience watched. Salmon was a bit confused as she and her fiancé answered the door.
“Um, what exactly is going on?” she asked with a grin on her face.
“We heard about you guys saving a child’s life,” Harvey said. “But I wanted to ask you this question. What made you jump into action like that?”
“I’m a paramedic,” Salmon replied. “It’s what I do. This is my job. It’s my life. My father was a police officer. He’s helped people his whole life.”
“You guys haven’t gotten enough for what you’ve done,” Harvey said. “I think you deserve something special.”
Connors then presented the couple with a $2,000 check from Bed Bath & Beyond.
“Oh my God, that’s crazy!” Salmon said as the audience cheered. “Thank you so much.”
“You guys are great!” Harvey replied. “We need more people like you. You’re real heroes!”
The money will be used for the couple’s wedding gift registry.