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Roanoke County firefighter and police officer save lives on vacation

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A Roanoke County firefighter and police officer help save lives even on vacation.

Barry Brown and Eric Austin and their families were vacationing in North Carolina when a woman and her son were caught in the rip current.

Now, the two will be recognized by the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors for saving lives hundreds of miles away.

"I was glad we all made it out.  The first words I told my wife was I thought all four of us was going to die, because I had never been in a rip currents before," explained Brown.

"It was really rewarding.  It's the first time in my early police career that I felt like I've actually saved a life, so it definitely was a great feeling and to know that all our training kicked in," Austin said.

The Roanoke County Board of Supervisors will recognize Brown and Austin at the September 10th meeting.

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