Meridian Soldier Rescues Two Kids

Columbus, Ga. A few days ago, two boys in Georgia might have drowned in the Chattahoochee River. But they are alive today thanks to the swift action of an Army soldier who grew up in Meridian.

Second Lt. James Lamoreaux, Jr., was in the right place at the right time to act and get the kids to safety.

WTVM-TV reports Lamoreaux jumped in to the cold water to rescue two boys, ages 9 and 15, caught in a strong current in the chilly water. He got to the teenager first and then went after the younger boy.

"Once we got past a certain rock, there was nothing else beyond that, other than the steps that were about 200 meters away," Lamoreaux said. "I swam towards him, and thankfully, by the grace of God, I was able to get him and hold onto the rock."

Columbus fire officials say if Lamoreaux had not acted when he did, the fast current combined with the cold temperature of the water would have been too much for the boys to overcome.

Lamoreaux was able to get both boys to safety on a rock, where a professional river rescue crew later picked them up.

Fire Marshal Ricky Shores says Lamoreaux will receive a commendation from the department in May.

Lamoreaux's wife, Shannon, captured images of the actual rescue. Click the link to view WTVM's story.

James and Shannon Lamoreaux are interviewed by Dante Renzulli. (Photo courtesy: WTVM-TV)