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Young Marine Awarded

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) – A student at Lee County High School received a national award for his heroism. Nick Leggett takes part in Albany's Young Marine program. On August 7th, he saved another teen's life.

After the anthem was sung, the flag raised, and music played, 16-year-old Young Marine Sgt. Nick Leggett was named a hero. "I didn't expect all this," said Leggett. "It was just something I had to do."

On August 7th Leggett and several young marines were attending a management course in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Leggett was playing in the hotel pool when suddenly a teenage boy swimming in the deep end needed his help.

"Next thing we know we looked up and the guy started kicking , struggling, and panicking. His mom couldn't do anything though."

Without hesitation, Leggett and another young marine dove into the deep end and saved the scared 14-year-old who couldn't swim. "We made sure he had water out of his lungs. I knew I couldn't let him drown. I just did what any other person would have done in that situation."

In honor of his service,  Leggett received a national Life Saving Award in front of the people who inspire him. His mom and dozens of men and women in uniform. "I want to enlist in theMmarine Corps."

The young Marine program in Albany meets every Saturday and focuses on character building, leadership, and a drug-free lifestyle.

Leggett's leaders say he's a perfect example of how the program can improve kids lives. "
"I let the Young Marines come into my heart and help me out. I came from getting in trouble in school all the time, to completely turning my life around."

He changed his life, while saving another. And hopes to one day protect our nations lives, by serving his country as a Marine.

There are currently 35 kids in the Albany Young Marines program. Call 229-669-2874 or click HERE to get information about getting your child involved.


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