The Hero Who Jumped Into the Bay to Save a Toddler is Honored to Accept Ride With The Thunderbirds

The hero who jumped into a Maryland bay last month to save a toddler was honored by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds acrobatic jet team, who gave him an unforgettable ride on Friday.

Despite being afraid of heights, Jonathan Bauer jumped 25 feet into the Assawoman Bay after a car accident flung a baby into the water on May 2.

He saved the girl’s life and news of Bauer’s heroic quick-thinking actions sparked the iconic Thunderbirds to offer their own thanks.

They presented him with a ride in the back seat of an F-16 as part of the Thunderbirds’ “Hometown Hero” program.

“Jonathan Bauer is our hometown hero for the Ocean City Air Show,” declared the group’s official Instagram account.

“His selfless act shows the best America has to offer, and we’re proud to have honored him with a flight today.”

On his 45-minute flight, Bauer continued to defy his fear of heights, experiencing “the thrill” of hitting up to seven G’s, along with accompanying twists and spins of the “best roller coaster ride imaginable.”

“I am incredibly excited to be given this opportunity,” said Bauer, the native of southwest Pennsylvania who works at Atlantic General Hospital in Maryland, and was also was awarded a governor’s citation for his actions.