A member of the U.S. Army saved a woman from drowning down in Fort Stewart, Ga., after her car crashed into alligator-infested waters.
Pfc. Nathan Currie, an Explosive Ordnance Disposal technician from the 756th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, was fishing at Fort Stewart’s Holbrook Pond when he heard a splash.
Currie immediately jumped in his car and drove to the other side of the pond where he saw a “submerged sedan was flipped over with only the driver’s side tires visible above the murky water,” according to a release from the Army.
Currie dove into the water to see if someone was in the car. He felt a body in the back seat and came back up for air. He then swam back into the car and pulled the woman from the vehicle.
The woman had been under the water about five minutes and was turning blue. Currie revived her with cardiopulmonary resuscitation and stayed with her until paramedics arrived on the scene.
Command Sgt. Maj. Wylie Hutchison, the senior enlisted leader for the Fort Stewart-based 188th Infantry Brigade, joined Currie at the scene and took part in the rescue. While Currie was performing CPR on the woman, Hutchison jumped in the pond and checked the vehicle three more times to ensure no one else was inside.
“As an EOD soldier, we are trained to operate in a high op tempo, which requires us to operate calmly under stress,” Currie said in a release. “I am not a hero, I just did what I thought was necessary.”
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