A Strasburg man just happened to be in the right place at the right time on Saturday night. Now he and another man, who has not yet been identified, can add the word hero to their resumes.
The two men ventured into dark waters in an attempt to rescue three people from a vehicle that was submerged in the Shenandoah River at the Morgan Ford low-water bridge on Saturday night.
Two area teenagers died in the crash, but the two men, along with other civilians and rescue personnel at the scene, were able to save the life of one of the vehicle's passengers.
Northern Virginia Daily online readers who read Wednesday's story about the rescue efforts freely used the word hero in comments thanking the rescuers.
Here are some excerpts from some of their posts:
"Thank you for your being brave enough to save a life, and attempting to save the others."
"...you are a true hero! God be with you for all you do! You make the world a better place!"
"Heroes; all of them."
"Thank you ...You saved a man that probably would have drowned had you and the other man not chosen to help. Good job!"
"Commendable act of heroism by that young man. Thank God for his bravery and selfless response!"
"This man needs a medal."