95-year-old Air Force veteran courageously dives into swimming pool to teach a young boy a lesson

The boy wanted to jump off the diving board, but his nerves had gotten the better of him when the veteran stepped in
July 17, 2018 3:57 pm Last Updated: July 17, 2018 3:57 pm

Some things in life, are made a little easier when we see someone else succeed first.

According to a USA Today report, a young child wanted to jump off the diving board, but his nerves got the better of him and he stepped down from the challenge.

Daniel Bliss, a 95-year-old WWII and Korean War veteran, overheard the little boy’s concerns while at a Fourth of July celebration in Ohio.

The United States Air Force veteran decided it was up to him to show the child how to be brave.

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With some help from family and friends, Bliss took his cane and made his way onto the diving board.

As two people stationed in the water held the end of the board so it wouldn’t bounce, the 95-year-old inched his way to the edge.

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Bliss stopped midway to strike a pose—he flexed his muscles to show that despite his age he was still strong.

(Screenshot via YouTube/T&T Creative Media)

He wobbled, and for a brief moment it looked as though things were about to take a turn for the worse, but the people he had by his side were there to support him.

Before anyone could count to three, Bliss jumped into the pool hopefully, the little boy was watching,

Although Christine Ross, Bliss’ daughter, who recorded the moment, told USA Today that her father is “very spry for his age.” Kevin Ross, Bliss’ grandson, said their family didn’t believe he would actually dive into the swimming pool.

Even if the child who was too scared to jump off the diving board, still couldn’t find it within himself to take the plunge, thousands of people online were left feeling inspired.