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QUICK-WITTED BOY, 12, HELPS SAVE MOM, TWO KIDS

A fast-acting 12-year-old is being credited with helping rescue a mom and two children when they plunged into frigid water while ice skating on a pond behind his Long Island home.

Gregory Peppler, a seventh-grader who was home from school because of the snowstorm, was watching Megan Goldsmith, 46, of Patchogue, her daughter, Perry, 8, and Mrs. Goldsmith's 7-year-old nephew, Peter Baker, skating on Thursday morning when they disappeared from his view.

He ran outside where Mrs. Goldsmith yelled to him to call 911. He then tried unsuccessfully to find some rope to pull them out. The children managed to climb out, but the thin ice kept cracking each time Mrs. Goldsmith tried to pull herself out.

When Gregory's mom, Lynn, arrived home from shopping, they managed to flip the family rowboat over and push it into the water. Suffolk police arrived and helped rescue the three.

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