Bluffton resident Frank Szczepanik fidgets and smiles in the front of the camera.
He says he is not one for accolades or attention, and he tenses slightly when someone calls him a hero.
The 48-year-old retired longshoreman from New Jersey says what he did was nothing remarkable.
The American Red Cross begs to differ.
Szczepanik was recognized Tuesday at Bluffton's Town Council meeting for his heroism -- using cardio pulmonary resuscitation to save an 18-month-old who fell into a pool at Mill Creek Plantation -- and awarded a certificate of merit signed by President Barack Obama, honorary chairman of the Red Cross. (Read more here)
The certificate is the highest award given by the Red Cross for sustaining or saving a life -- only 90 are presented each year from among several hundred submissions nationwide.
Szczepanik is the second Bluffton resident this year to receive the award. Derek Lemire of Bluffton, who was also trained by the Red Cross, was presented the awarded in February for using CPR and administering an automated external defibrillator to revive a man who collapsed on a tennis court after suffering cardiac arrest.