Christopher Smidt, right, thanks 12-year-old Daniel Higgins Jr. at a ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at City Hall in Yonkers, N.Y. Higgins was among those who rescued Smidt and his flight instructor after they crash-landed in the icy Hudson River Sunday evening. At center is Yonkers Mayor Michael Spano. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)

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Christopher Smidt, right, thanks 12-year-old Daniel Higgins Jr. at a ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013,  at City Hall in Yonkers, N.Y. Higgins was among those who rescued Smidt and his flight instructor after they crash-landed in the icy Hudson River Sunday evening. At center is Yonkers Mayor Michael Spano. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)
Christopher Smidt, right, thanks 12-year-old Daniel Higgins Jr. at a ceremony on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, at City Hall in Yonkers, N.Y. Higgins was among those who rescued Smidt and his flight instructor after they crash-landed in the icy Hudson River Sunday evening. At center is Yonkers Mayor Michael Spano. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)