Retired vet sees 2 teens drowning near a Texas dam, then proves a Marine is always ready to sacrifice


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A heroic good Samaritan gave up his life to save the lives of two teens at a Texas dam Wednesday.

Clip via NBC News 4 San Antonio

But being heroic came naturally to the 42-year-old Rodney Buentello — he’s was a retired Marine Master Sergeant who’d been decorated with two Purple Hearts.

Buentello, a staffer at John Jay High School, was enjoying the day at Bandera City Park with his wife and two children when he saw the teens in the water struggling against a strong undertow.

The incident occurred when the girl started out walking across a dam at the park, which was still swollen with last week’s rain and flooding.

The current swept her into the water. Her male companion jumped in to try to save her and was similarly caught in the current, according to news reports.

Buentello didn’t hesitate. He jumped in and rescuedc the two teens — but was unable to save himself.

By the time first responders arrives it was already too late.

Friends, family and co-workers had nothing but good things to say about Buentello.

“When he came back from deployments, every now and again and we would catch up and it was like we wouldn’t skip a beat,” his childhood friend and coworker Pete Pruneda III told San Antonio’s NBC News 4.

“He followed in his father’s footsteps, had multiple deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan and it was through the grace of God he came back safely and we were able to catch up several years down the road,” he added.

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