Deputy Terry Brown when he first arrived in the hospital and later recovering.
Deputy Terry Brown and 14-year-old Joshua, recovering in the hospital.
PORTLAND, OR - A former Franklin County deputy is recovering after risking his life to save a 14-year-old boy from drowning.
It happened Monday at Harris Beach along the southern Oregon coast in Curry County. Deputy Terry Brown arrived on scene and found the boy stuck in a rip current, struggling to keep his head above water. Brown stripped off his gear, put on a life vest, and swam out to the boy with a rope attached to him. When Brown reached the teen he had to let go of the rope to keep the boy above water.
Brown spent 45 minutes battling the surf and keeping a teenager's head above water. By the time rescuers pulled the two from the 50-degree water, Brown was delirious and losing consciousness. He was hypothermic and hospitalized in critical condition. However, he ad the boy are expected to recover.
Deputy Brown currently works for the Curry County Sheriff's Office in Oregon.