Locals receive community service award for lifesaving measures last month | Local

GRANTS PASS, Ore– Two members of the Josephine County community are being recognized for their heroic efforts over the past month.

According to Grants Pass & Rescue, on the afternoon of June 29, Grants Pass Fire Rescue was alerted to a water rescue in Baker Park, just across from Parkway station.

According to the organization, there were 2 individuals who had fallen out of their kayak and become separated upstream and across the river from the park.

Grants Pass Fire says crews made a hasty search along the river and were able to come into contact with an individual standing in the water, clinging to tree branches.

Fortunately, Darrell Prowse and Lee Murphy were on the river in their jet boat when they were made aware of the situation.

Without hesitation, Grants Pass Fire & Rescue says the pair sprang into action, pulling the female trapped in their boat with their overturned kayak and heading upriver to locate the male.

After a quick search of the area, it was determined that the man had exited the river onto private property in the N Street area.

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Jill E. Washington