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Othman Abdul Hafez
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    (circa 1986-August 31, 2005)
    Born in Iraq
    Sunni Muslim
    Drowned while rescuing Shia pilgrims who had fallen into the Tigris river during a stampede on the al-Aaimmah bridge in Baghdad
    He died too young.
    He fatally overestimated his swimming stamina.
    Some Iraqi politicians referred to him as a 'martyr.'
    He rescued seven people before succumbing to exhaustion.
    He responded to calls for help despite Sunni-Shia tensions in Iraq.
    Iraqi National Assembly member Falah Shensel said, 'He represented Iraqi unity and we are proud of him because of his message that Iraq is one country, one nation and one religion.'

Credit: C. Fishel

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