His name is Theo and a woman from Massachusetts is hailing him as a hero.

Denise McLaughlin, who lives in Pittsfield, Mass. according to her Facebook profile, posted on the Friends of Hampton Beach social media page on Wednesday that she witnessed the lifeguard jump into action after a little girl got pulled out into deep water on her bodyboard and could not get back to shore.

McLaughlin said that as a mother who brings four kids to the beach, it's hard to keep eyes on all of them at the same time.

"I am so thankful to know that he was on top of things! He did not ask for any recognition but I feel that he deserves it!" she wrote.

Denise McLaughlin Photo
Denise McLaughlin Photo

The post with the above photo already had more than 1,500 reactions and 125 comments as of 1 p.m. on Thursday.

"Great job Theo!" Heidi Pagan-Lindbloom wrote.

"Awesome job Theo," Gary Angelotti wrote.

"Hero among the regular folk!" Katy Ray Sheridan wrote.

"The Hampton lifeguards are amazing!" Krista Harnisch Crane wrote.

Facebook Photo
Facebook Photo

The New Hampshire State Beach Patrol is the formal term for the Hampton lifeguards. They provide rescue and beach safety services in Hampton during the summer months.

The lifeguards also compete in events such as the Northern New England Lifesaving Championships.

For more information about the lifeguards, click here.

Contact Managing News Editor Kimberley Haas at Kimberley.Haas@townsquaremedia.com.

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