The teens didn’t stop to ask who the drowning man was. They just knew he needed help.

As NBC Boston reports, it was late on the evening of May 17, and four teenagers were walking near the edge of the Chestnut Hill Reservoir in Boston, Massachusetts when they saw a man floating in the water.

Two of the boys ran to alert Carl Mascioli, a Boston College Police Officer who was on patrol in the area that night. When Mascioli arrived, he saw that the man was partly submerged in the water and wasn’t moving.

As Mascioli pulled the dying man from the water, he noticed that the man had an anti-Semitic tattoo.

“He had a swastika on his hand,” Mascioli told NBC Boston.

Ironically, the four boys, who had seen the man and alerted police, were Jewish. In fact, they attend a local Yeshiva High School.

The officer told the boys about the man’s tattoo, but they had no regrets about coming to his aid. He explained to NBC Boston:

“I kind of let the gentlemen know sometimes some deeds have a funny way of turning around. Their good deed had a little bit of a twist to it.”

They did, however, have a message they wanted Mascioli to give the man:

“They wanted just to let him know that it was four young Jewish boys that helped save his life.”

Police don’t know how the man with the swastika tattoo ended up in the water, but the teens found him just in time. The man wouldn’t have lasted much longer, and it’s unlikely the police would have seen him in the water.

The man is expected to recover. How he’ll react to the news that four Jewish teenagers saved his life is yet to be seen.

Mascioli praised the teens for their outlook on saving the man:

“A good deed is a good deed and that’s part of life. We should be helping everybody out.”

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