CNN  — 

Kirk Douglas was a lifesaver.

That’s according to actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who posted a tribute to the acclaimed actor Friday.

In an Instagram post, Curtis recounted how she once, while young, rode her tricycle into a pool at a party. Douglas dove into the pool and brought her up from the bottom, still pedaling.

“Kirk is an example for us,” she wrote. “ALL. COURAGE. INTEGRITY. GENEROSITY.”