Angelo Mondragon was swimming at Windsor Lake in Colorado when he felt something brush against his leg.
The plumber looked around and saw an unconscious little girl underwater.
“I saw just the bottom of her feet and then right then at that moment, that became my child, I reached in and I pulled her out like I would any of my babies,” the father of three told CBS.
He rushed the four-year-old Sitlati Hernandez to the beach where two off-duty nurses revived her.
The child was then taken by ambulance to a hospital to recover.
The 32-year-old got to officially meet the little girl a day later, with the two sharing a hug.
The kindhearted plumber now wants to work with local businesses to collect life vests for those who can’t afford them.
“The baby was not wearing a life vest,” he told Colorado Newsday.
“If she was wearing one, the whole situation could have been different.”
Sitlati’s parents were not at the lake that day; she was with other family members.