When a man careened off the FDR Drive and plunged into the East River, David Weiss stopped his car and dove into. He knew he was the man’s only hope and he saved him – even though the victim’s heart had already stopped. For this Weiss was awarded the Emily Trevor/Mary B. Warren medal and joined Rescue 1. In 1993 he was chosen for the Firefighter’s Quarterly Man of the Year. On The Bravest Memorial’s page they write: “He stood 5’9″ and weighed 225 pounds. His biceps were as big as the thighs of a medium-build woman. He was bulldozer strong. He looked as tough as he sounded. His head was shaved and his body covered in tattoos. He drove Harleys.”
Weiss, 41, left behind two teenaged children.