Retired Master Sgt. Rodney Buentello is a hero both on and off the battlefield. Buentello earned two Purple Hearts while serving three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The man who served our country for over twenty years as a Marine is now being praised as a hero to two teens in Texas who he saved from drowning.
Sadly, this heroic act cost Buentello his own life. This man didn’t even doubt what he was doing, even at his own peril as you can see in the video below.
“A man credited with saving the lives of two teens, at the cost of his own, was a Marine Corps veteran, purple heart recipient and recent employee of John Jay High School.
Rodney Buentello was spending Wednesday afternoon with his family at Bandera City Park when he saw a teenage girl try to walk across a dam and get swept away. A teenage boy jumped after her and that’s when Buentello sprang into action, saving both of them.
But he was dragged under by the current.
His family said that he didn’t think twice before jumping into the water after the two teens.
“His last breath, he pushed the boy towards EMS,” Buentello’s father said.
“When the boy got up there, the water took him under,” said his brother-in-law, William Vaughn.”
What an amazing man. And what a huge void his family will be feeling now that he is gone. But, he did what many of our service members do, he put others ahead of himself. What a hero!
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H/T: Hot Air