City of Selma to Honor Citizen Hero | Community Spirit
The City of Selma will honor Auburn University graduate student Nathaniel “Doug” Bacon who risked his life to rescue a stranger who jumped off the Edmund Pettus Bridge on Tuesday, January 8, 2013.
Mr. Bacon was driving through Selma on his way home to Auburn when he spotted a woman about to jump off the bridge. Without hesitating, he immediately drove to the other side of the bridge, stripped down to his underwear, and swam out to rescue the woman. When he reached the Selmont side of the river bank, first responders were waiting to administer lifesaving treatment.
Even though he was out of energy when he reached the shore and at one point thought that he was going to go under, Mr. Bacon said that he was “fortunate’ to be in the right place at the right time. “I am honored and it makes me feel good,” he said, “the most important thing is that Ms. Woods is going to be okay.” He also gave credit to the first responders who he said “were there very quickly and are always willing to help at any hour, on any day.”
Mr. Bacon graduated from Auburn University in May 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Interior Architecture. He is currently pursuing a Master of Integrated Design and Construction degree at the Auburn School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture and The McWhorter School of Building Science. He quoted a line from the Auburn Creed that he said summarized what he did: “I believe in the human touch, which cultivates sympathy with my fellow men and mutual helpfulness and brings happiness for all.”
A 2002 graduate of Goshen High School in New York, Mr. Bacon is also a U.S. Army veteran who served in Germany and Iraq.
The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, January 22, 2013, at 1:00 PM in the Council Chamber, City Hall, 222 Broad Street. The public is invited to attend.
Information Source: City of Selma
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