Albany first responders, good samaritan honored for life-saving rescue mission

Albany first responders, good samaritan honored for life-saving rescue mission

ALBANY, Ga. (WALB) - A 20-year-old has been deemed a hero for his recent life-saving actions, but to him, it was just the right thing to do.

Jay Juarez jumped in to save the woman.
Jay Juarez jumped in to save the woman. (Source: WALB)

The commission also honored all of the first responders who also risked their lives to save the two.

Albany Fire Department Chief Cedric Scott said a rescue mission like that, with the force of the current, could have turned dangerous very quickly.

“There is a need here, there is someone in jeopardy and I’m going to place my life in jeopardy to save theirs. That today, is the definition, to me, of a hero,” said Scott.

Albany Fire Department Chief, Cedric Scott.
Albany Fire Department Chief, Cedric Scott. (Source: WALB)

Said Juarez: “I was thinking about this today, I was like wow, they’re recognizing me for something they do all the time.”

Scott said the rescue personifies what being a first responder is all about.

He said it’s instinctive behavior that allows them to show bravery like their actions that day.

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