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Oregon Inmates Jump Into Icy Waters to Save Overboard Kids

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By Jeff Wilber on February 4, 2013

Here’s a story that proves not all prison inmates are bad

Three Oregon inmates jumped into the freezing Salmon Creek to save three boys last Wednesday. The boys had lost control of their canoe in the rushing water and fell into the icy creek when it capsized upstream from the crew.

Nelson Pettis, Larry Bohn and Jon Fowler made up the three-man crew that was filling in for another work team at the Salmon Creek work area when they heard screams from the river and found the boys being swept downstream. In the right place at the right time, the men responded quickly and jumped into the fast-moving water to help the boys at least keep their heads above water.

via FOX 12

According to FOX 12:

“I think we did something that any good person would do. You see three helpless kids in a river, you help. That’s what you do,” said Fowler.

He later added, “Just cause we’re incarcerated, doesn’t mean we’re bad people. We made some bad choices in our lives, but we’re still, we’re just like everybody else. We’re just paying our debt for what we did wrong.”

Pettis and Bohn, along with the three boys, ages 16, 10 and eight, were treated for mild hypothermia and released from the hospital the same day.

All three men are are serving sentences for non-violent crimes.

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[FOX 12 via Short Form Blog]
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