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Grandfather Pulls Girl From River

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A teenage girl is lucky to be alive after what's believed to have been a Polar Plunge stunt gone wrong. Witnesses say she jumped into the Sheyenne River in West Fargo this weekend and nearly drowned. Miraculously, a nearby grandfather risked his own safety to pull her ashore.
"In a way, I wasn't surprised that he was willing to kind of put his life on the line to save this girl he doesn't even know," Emile Plecity said. She spent her childhood believing her Grandpa Rich was a hero. Today, she has proof.
"To be there at that certain time, I mean he doesn't even live in Fargo. He lives in Valley City, so I think it was fate that he was here."
Saturday evening, Rich Plecity happened to be nearby the Osgood Bridge as screams rang out.
"They were yelling help me, help me" Rich described. "I saw a girl in the water, hanging on a rope underneath the Osgood Bridge."
The freezing water was cramping the girl's muscles. Her shivering hands were losing grip.
"No, I didn't hesitate at all. I just went up over the railing," Rich said. 
Rich had to climb over the wood railing, and balance himself on the metal beam and pull the girl to safety. When she began slipping, he untied the rope from the beam, wrapped it around his hand, and pulled her across the river to shore.
"The water was really moving fast and she was really cold. I could tell she was really cold. I didn't think she could hang on much longer," he said.
Rich was surprised to get a phone call from an unknown number Monday afternoon. 
"I just got a phone call from her mom, thanking me for saving her daughter's life," Rich said. He says he can't believe people are calling him a hero for his actions that day. He says he'd do it for anyone.
Neighbors in the area say they've long been concerned over that bridge. They say they've repeatedly called police to keep kids from jumping off the bridge, but no action has ever been taken. They're hoping this example will serve as a lesson to the community.
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