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Local Firefighter & Police Officer Save Lives on Vacation

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A Roanoke County firefighter and a police officer help save lives both on and off the clock, even while they're 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.

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," Brown said. "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 current before."

"It was really rewarding," Austin said. "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 Sept. 10 meeting.