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article imageSpongeBob SquarePants inspires young boy to rescue drowning boy

By Laura Trowbridge     Jun 10, 2010 in World
Who knew SpongeBob SquarePants cartoons could be educational? An 8-year-old New Jersey boy remembered what he learned on an episode and used it to save a younger boy in trouble.
Reese Ronceray, 8, learned how to swim at Centenary College, but he learned how to save his drowning neighbor's life by watching SpongeBob SquarePants cartoons.
Five-year-old Andrew Gentile was among those at a private party over the weekend for families of students on their school bus driver John Hey's school route in Washington Twp., NJ. A friend of the bus driver let 40 of the neighborhood families swim and fish in her manmade lake on Saturday.
Andrew's mother, Shirley Gentile, allowed her son to go into the water because she thought it was shallow at a spot not far from the shore. But the boy struggled because it was six-feet deep and he could not touch the bottom. His mother then panicked after she jumped in and was unable to touch bottom either.
Ronceray was onshore and witnessed what was happening, so he jumped in and grabbed Gentile. He says he mimicked something he had seen on the cartoon show to save his drowning neighbor.
"I just saw and then I just knew how to react, I jumped in. The hardest part was when we both went under, getting us back up to the surface," " Ronceray told Daily
Reese's mother, Anne, said: "The next thing, Reese comes back up, he had (Andrew's) head in his arms, and he swam back to shore with him."
Andrew was fine, just upset, but not requiring medical attention after he was safely ashore. His mother profusely thanked Reese for saving her son's life.
"I said 'thank you,' 'thank you,' 'thank you,' I was so grateful. He was an angel to me." Shirley Gentile said.
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