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Flood of kindness: Two heroic acts shine after metro Detroit flooding

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(WJBK) - What everyone witnessed Monday took our breath away and made us count our blessings that we lived through the storms. Sadly, that can not be said for all of us, because three metro Detroiters lost their lives.

Two other young women could have also been causalities if it were not for the kindness of strangers like Jeremy Crites and Brandon Ronchetto. The friends and roommates live in Dearborn Heights.

After the rough rains hit, they stood on their porch to watch the scene. Their neighborhood mirrored most of the others - it was a mess.

"We saw this young girl run down Colgate here, run out into the street. She turned around and fell down," Crites says.

"It looked like she stubbed her toe on the curb, like she went a little too far and she kind of turned around and she went down," Ronchetto says.

Under water.
 
"It came up past my knee," Crites says.

"We stood there and looked at her for a second and she didn't get up," Ronchetto says. "As soon as she didn't get up we were like, we've got to go."

Crites said the girl was drowning.

"I reached down. I pulled her up. I grabbed her between her two arms and pulled her up onto the grass and administered CPR," says Crites. "She was limp and blue in the face when I pulled her out."

Crites is a marine, and immediately did what he had to do - help.

"It's unbelievable. I've known him for years and years. We've been roommates for a couple of years and, you know, I know what he's capable of. So, you know, it's awesome. It's good that he's able to stand by and still help, even to this day," says Ronchetto.

Before she was led away by an ambulance the 21-year-old victim had something she needed to say - thank you.
 
Then she decided to tell others about this man on Merrick Street who made all the difference for her on Monday.

"The gentlemen down the street said that she had posted on Facebook that she owes her life to a guy who lives on Merrick and Colgate, and she didn't know who I was," says Crites.

If Crites could speak to her now, he says he would say, "I'm glad I could've been there."

In a separate incident in Dearborn, Crystal Kontos was caught in a crisis that could have been catastrophic as well.

"I was kind of stuck. I was on a side street. I didn't know what city I was in, I didn't  know anything," Kontos says.

In her car, she was searching for a safe route to travel, but she found none. Kontos came to the realization, that she was trapped.

"I was terrified, but I knew I had to do something. So I drove halfway down a street and I realized I couldn't go any further, and then the water was rising behind me. I could see more water coming, so I pulled into a driveway," she says.

She was greeted my many friendly faces - the Ali family on Middlepointe.

"These people didn't know who I was. These people didn't know that I wasn't some strange person with terrible intentions. They didn't know who I was, and they had absolutely no hesitation whatsoever inviting me into their home to sleep there, to be there, to feed me, to clothe me - they gave me pajamas - without any question," Kontos says.

They offered her a bed, she stayed the night.

Kontos tried to say no, but the Ali family would not take no for an answer.

Crystal, Brandon and Jeremy experienced something that day that changed them, and maybe it will change you too.

"I just want to say thank you, and thank you isn't even enough," Kontos says.

"I feel good," Crites says. "It's a good feeling that she's going to live the rest of her life, because I was there for her."

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