A 40-year-old father of two drowned after he jumped into the Hudson River to help rescue a 6-year-old boy who fell in the water during a cookout in Yonkers Sunday, officials say.
Police say the man, identified as Boyce Coleman, and several other people at a party at the JFK Marina leaped into the river after they saw the child struggling in the water shortly before 7 p.m.
The child was safely pulled from the water and was conscious when he was taken to a local hospital, police say.
Coleman never resurfaced. The Yonkers Police Department and NYPD's Harbor unit recovered his body at around 8 p.m.
Coleman's father Lewis Jordan tells NBC 4 New York his son didn't know the 6-year-old boy he was trying to help, but that he wasn't surprised he jumped into the water after the child.
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"He's the best," said Jordan. "He's that type of guy, you know."
Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano called Coleman a hero.
"There are a lot of heroes here tonight," Spano said Sunday night. "Unfortunately one of those heroes became a victim."
Coleman's kindness was well-known among his neighbors. One woman, Deisy Seeman, recalled talking to the business owner about a friend who was unemployed.
"He was like, 'All right, bring him, I'll employ him,' without even seeing the guy," said Seeman. "It was amazing. He was a great guy."
"It's just shocking how life can turn," she said.
-Checkey Beckford contributed to this report. Follow Checkey Beckford on Twitter @Checkey4NY.