By CBS3 Staff

CALN TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) — A Coatesville man who works as a UPS driver is being hailed as a hero jumping into action to save a family from floodwater last Thursday.

Twenty-one-year-old Joe Hilferty pulled two children and a dog from a car that was stranded at the underpass at SEPTA’s Thorndale Station in Caln Township, Chester County.

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He said he was putting air in his tires at a nearby Wawa when he heard a woman calling for help because her daughters were trapped in the car.

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“I hopped over and assisted her, told her to roll down the windows so I could get the two little girls out of the car so I reached my hands in there and unbuckled the seat and got them out,” Hilferty said. “After I gave one of the little girls to the trooper, that was around 20 feet away, I went back, got the other girl and handed her to the mother.”

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After rescuing the two girls, Hilferty worked with the trooper at the scene to get the dog from the car.