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N.J. Teens Come To The Rescue Of Elderly Woman Trapped In Flooded Car

Elizabeth DeFusco: I Thought It Was 'The End' Before The Boys Saved Me
Elizabeth DeFusco (credit: CBS 2)

Elizabeth DeFusco (credit: CBS 2)

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GLEN ROCK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — As the water rushed inside her car on Saturday, a local woman said she thought she was going to die. That is, until two teenagers came to her rescue.

Mark Mifsud and Luke Kyriazis will have quite the story to tell friends when summer vacation ends.  They helped save the life of 81-year-old Elizabeth DeFusco.

“I can’t say enough thank yous to them,” she told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey on Monday night.

The incident happened as the skies opened up over Glen Rock. The teens noticed Defusco’s Honda stuck in the rising waters under an overpass.

The frightened woman said she feared for her life as the water kept creeping up.

“I thought this is the end, I’m going to drown in this car. I’ve got to get out,” DeFusco said.

But she said she couldn’t push the door open because of the water pressure from outside, leading her to think she was doomed.

“I’d be floating in that water like the Titanic had people float,” DeFusco said.

When the duo got to DeFusco, time was running out.

“The water was mid-neck to the woman inside the car,” Kyriazis said.

So they said they pulled the door open and rushed her to safety.

“I’m thankful to the almighty God that they were there at that time,” DeFusco said. “I would have been left alone to drown in that water.”

The enormity isn’t lost on the 14-year-olds.

“[It is a] hype thing when you save a life. It feels really good,” Kyriazis said.

Neither is it lost on the woman who is alive to talk about it.

“These kids really cared about getting me to safety. I can’t believe it, how miraculous it was,” DeFusco said.

DeFusco said she hopes to meet her rescuers one day and tell them personally how much what they did means to her.  She has a court appearance for going around the police cones that were set up to prevent drivers from getting into the high water.

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