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Off-duty Secret Service agent praised for 'preventing a tragedy' on Virginia river

Posted at 7:28 PM, Jul 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-22 19:40:49-04

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. -- An off-duty Secret Service agent is being praised for saving a man's life at Falmouth Beach in Fredericksburg Tuesday evening.

Fire and rescue units along with the Stafford Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to Falmouth Beach for a drowning call around 5:40 p.m.

When crews arrived, they found a 21-year-old man had been revived by good Samaritans, according to deputies.

"Several people at the beach noticed a male drowning and attempted to save him," deputies explained.

Darius Burr, an off-duty Secret Service agent, witnessed what happened and helped pull the unresponsive victim to shore, according to deputies said.

Burr then began CPR while another good Samaritan assisted.

"After several compressions, the male was able to breath on his own," deputies said.

The victim was transported to an area hospital as a precaution, officials said.

"The Stafford Sheriff’s Office would like to commend Mr. Burr and the other good Samaritans for their actions in preventing a tragedy," Major Shawn Kimmitz with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office said.

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