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Marine base firefighters recognized for saving drowning man at Quantico’s Tri Race

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Seablom and Denton
Firefighter Thomas Seablom (left) and Sgt. Steven Denton (right) with the Quantico Fire Department helped save a man who almost drown as he swam in the Potomac River in a triathlon race. (Marine Corps Base Quantico Fire & Emergency Services)

QUANTICO, Va. (AP) — Two firefighters will be recognized after saving the life of an 83-year-old swimmer near Quantico.

The Washington Post reports that Fire Sgt. Steven Denton and firefighter Thomas Seablom of the Base Quantico Fire and Emergency Services will be recognized at a Sept. 1 ceremony.

The two helped save the life of 83-year-old Thomas Tobias during the Quantico-Tri race on the Potomac River on Saturday.

Tobias and his daughter were competing in the race when a wave took him down. His daughter, 51-year-old Ann Marie Chaney, says she grabbed him and helped keep him afloat.

Afterward, Seablom maneuvered a rescue boat toward Tobias’ location. Denton jumped into the water and pulled the 83-year-old into the boat. The firefighters then revived him using CPR.

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