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Ocean City hero will get ride of life with USAF Thunderbirds

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A hometown hero who jumped into Assawoman Bay to rescue a little girl in May will get a ride of a lifetime as a thank you.

Atlantic General Hospital’s Jonathan Bauer has been selected to fly with the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds as part of their “Hometown Hero” program that honors deserving local people, OC Air Show officials announced.

On Friday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m., Bauer will get to experience the ride of his life in the backseat of an F-16 with Thunderbird #8 Major Jason Markzon as his pilot, taking off from the Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

On his 45-minute flight, Bauer will experience the thrill of hitting up to seven Gs, along with the accompanying twists, spins and turns of the best roller coaster ride imaginable.

Jonathan Bauer recounts the day he jumped over the Route 90 bridge to save a 2-year-old Friday, May 7, 2021, during a "kitchen table" discussion held at Fire Station 3 in Ocean City, Maryland.

“This is such an honor to be chosen by the Thunderbirds as their ‘Hometown Hero’,” said Bauer. “I am incredibly excited to be given this opportunity.”

Bauer, who is vice president of information systems for Atlantic General Hospital,  jumped 25 feet from the Route 90 bridge into Assawoman Bay on May 2 to save a 2-year-old girl from drowning. She was thrown from a vehicle into the water after a crash that left a truck teetering on the bridge’s guardrail.

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Source: GANNETT Syndication Service