BOSTON (WHDH) -
It was a hands-on day of training for two Boston EMS recruits.
The pair saved a man's life a week before graduation.
Peter Janeliunas and Michael Mendez were in the middle of training when they spotted a man struggling in the Charles River under the Mass Ave bridge.
One of the trainees jumped in and brought the man to shore.
Their boss said they proved themselves to the department.
"These men went really above and beyond, entering the water and effecting a rescue of this patient. Their actions truly exemplify a dedication to the safety and health of a public," said Edmund Hassan, Deputy Supt. of Boston EMS.
The person they rescued was taken to the hospital in critical condition.