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Malmstrom airman rescues 3 from Missouri River

Jul. 2, 2013 - 02:44PM   |  
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GREAT FALLS, MONT. — A 21-year-old airman from Malmstrom Air Force Base put his CPR training to good use just hours after taking the class, rescuing a man who had been trying to pull two females from the Missouri River.

Jake Bush was fishing on Monday near Ulm, south of Great Falls, when he saw three people struggling in the river, the Great Falls Tribune reported.

One was the 22-year-old man who had tried to rescue the 14-year-old girl and 18-year-old woman. All were in distress in the river, the Cascade County sheriff’s office said.

Bush pulled the two females out of the water first then went back and got the man, who was underwater.

“It took everything I had to get out there,” Bush said.

Bush performed CPR on the man until emergency crews arrived. The man remained hospitalized Tuesday. The sheriff’s office said his condition was unknown.

“It was by the grace of God I had that training,” Bush said.

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