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Airman Recalls River Rescue

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Twenty-one-year-old Malmstrom airman Jake Bush took a CPR refresher course just hours before he had to perform it.

"They started screaming and that's when I looked over and really saw what was going on and started running," says Bush.

What he saw were two teenagers distressed in the water. He saw one man dive to try to save them.

"Then I saw all three of them were having a lot of trouble. So I ran down the side."

That's when Bush dove in.

"I brought the first girl up in there, there's a sand bar," says Bush. " I took her there and one of the ladies grabbed her."

Bush describes the scene as a whirlpool.

"Honestly, I didn't think I was going to make it with the last one. I didn't think there was any chance I was going to make it to shore."

His knowledge on river currents definitely helped out. When he reached shore, that's when he performed CPR on the man until emergency responders arrived.

Around the community, Bush is being called a hero for rescuing the three out of the river but he doesn't consider himself as one.

"No, anybody would have done it. I had to do it. It had to be done. I couldn't stand there."

Shortly after the interview, we learned that 22-year-old Ernest Gene Lamere of Great Falls, the male Bush performed CPR on, later died at the hospital.

His death has been ruled accidental. 


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