A good Samaritan stepped up in a dire moment during an attempt to rescue two boys who died after they were trapped in a car submerged in water.
Although he was unable to save their lives, first responders in Cape Coral recognized his selfless act.
Brothers John Wayne, 10 years old, and Titus, 7 years old, are never returning home to their family.
But Tyler Ravert, a complete stranger, did everything he could to save them on a night in November 2020.
“The boys, that’s what’s going through my mind,” Ravert said.
The night the boys’ car plunged into a Cape Coral canal, Ravert risked his life trying to save them.
“Everyone likes to think that they would take action when the time comes, but Tyler answered the bell,” said interim Police Chief Anthony Sizemore said.
Wednesday, Cape Coral Police Department and Cape Coral Fire Department gave Tyler Ravert the highest honor they can give to civilians.
“While this one was a tragic outcome, sometimes we don’t get to pick what those outcomes are, but certainly we get to choose our actions,” Fire Chief Ryan Lamb said. “In that moment, Tyler chose to take action.”
Not being able to save the boys the night of the crash is still weighing heavy on Ravert’s heart. Ravert said he thought of his own children when he jumped in the canal to try and save the boys. His message for the community is to do the right thing whenever you can and always watch out for your neighbors.
Both the police chief and fire chief hope these awards validate Ravert’s decision to act and highlight the community’s gratefulness for his actions.
“It helps, and in time, it’ll help even more,” Ravert said.