Man recognized for saving boy after shark attackUPDATED 9:00 PM HST Sep 18, 2013Video Transcript
THE HAWAII COUNTY COMMUNITY, WE EXTEND OUR DEEPEST GRATITUDE FOR YOUR UNSELFISH AND YOUR EXTRAORDINARY ACT OF BENEVOLENCE." Dallas O'Shaughnessy was the man of the hour today at the Hawaii County Council. He's a hero. He rescued Jimmy Ulualoha Napeahi, or "Ulu Boy," after Jimmy was bitten by a shark at a break known as "Dead Trees" at Pohoiki on August 18th. Dallas is a humble guy ... Dallas O'Shaughnessy: "THANKS EVERYBODY. I APPRECIATE IT. WE GOT TO REALLY THANK MY MOM, BECAUSE WITHOUT HER, I WOULDN'T HAVE BEEN THERE." Others, like "Ulu Boy"... are more than willing to heap praise on him. Jimmy Ulualoha Napeahi: "HE BASICALLY DID EVERYTHING THAT HE COULD. HE PROVIDED ALL THE SKILLS AND HE JUST HAD THE, HE JUST, HE WAS THE LEADER OF IT ALL. HE SHOWED SUCH GOOD LEADERSHIP AND IT JUST, IT REALLY SHOWED ME HOW MUCH OF MAN DALLAS REALLY IS." Zendo Kern: "GOT IN, BROUGHT HIM TO SHORE, THE PEOPLE CAME FROM THE BEACH, LIFT HIM UP OUT OF THERE AND IMMEDIATELY, DALLAS, TAKING OFF HIS LEASH OFF HIS SURFBOARD, MAKING A TOURNIQUET, TELLING HIM IT'S GOING TO BE OK." "Ulu Boy" says he suffered dozens of wounds from waist down ... but that the shark missed all his main ligaments. Now a month after the attack, he says he's been progressing well and began physical therapy this week. Claire Napeahi: "HE'S RECOVERING REALLY QUICKLY AND AS A 16 YEAR OLD, REAL DETERMINED AND... NEVER LISTENS YOU KNOW, KEEPS PUSHING HIMSELF TO DO BETTER, TO GET BACK IN THE OCEAN." Jimmy Ulualoha Napeahi: "I'D LIKE TO THANK THE COUNTY OF HAWAII FOR ACKNOWLEDGIN G MY FRIEND, DALLAS O'SHAUGHNESSY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH." Justin Fujioka, KITV4 News.