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By Karen Cohilas - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) – A permanent memorial honoring a man who gave his life trying to save others will soon be on display in Riverfront Park.

In August 2008, 23 year old DJ Vinson jumped into the Flint River along with several other young men to pull two young brothers from the water.  They saved one boy, but 11-year old Joshua Perry and Vinson both drowned.

Now, Vinson's family and friends want to place a memorial bench in the park so that others will know about the lives lost that day.The County commission gave the okay on the project Monday.

Chairman Jeff Sinyard said, "To be able to do something like this and to actually be able to let the folks know we appreciate good citizens.  We appreciate somebody that care about community.  This person was moved morally to save those people.  He didn't think about it.  He jumped in the water, lost his life.  It's something his family can be proud of, but we should be proud of."

The family will have to raise the money to pay for the bench and the commission must approve the final design and placement.

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