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.
“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.
Bauer, who had initially decided not to come forward as the good Samaritan who saved the 2-year old’s life, eventually changed his mind in part to meet some of the first responders who were dispatched to the scene of the May 2 crash.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan recently presented a governor’s citation to the southwest Pennsylvania native. Additionally, Bauer, his wife, Wendi, and daughter, Ava, were also named honorary members of the Ocean City Fire Department.
The U.S. Air Force’s top two demonstration teams – the Thunderbirds and the F-22 Raptor Demo Team – will be the featured performers when the 14th annual OC Air Show returns to the Ocean City beach and Boardwalk, June 19-20.
Other show performers will include the A-10 Thunderbolt II, United States Special Operations Command Parachute Team (Para-Commandos), GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team, Mike Wiskus, C-17 Globemaster III and C-5M Super Galaxy.
For information about the show, visit https://ocairshow.com/.