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A HOMETOWN HERO
Retired combat medic, Joe Waters, saved lives in Iraq, saves a life at home

Combat medics are accustomed to working in high pressure situations, saving lives in the midst of chaos. Most retired medics don’t expect to encounter similar circumstances once they return home, but that’s exactly what happened to Joe Waters a few weeks ago.
Earlier this month, on March 7, Waters was at the Dollar General in Claxton to buy dog food when a man at the red light on Duval St. (Hwy 301) and MLK fell out of his car onto the roadway.
“I was at the Dollar Store buying some dog food … I noticed a big commotion - a lot of people yelling and pointing, saying he fell out of his car,” Waters said. “There was a man that had fallen out of his car … parked at the red light with his door still open. (He was) laying on the pavement in the middle of the street.”
Waters says, at first, traffic didn’t seem to be stopping. The man was holding his left arm and was in and out of consciousness. “Being a medic, it was just kind of instinct to go and see if I could help,” Waters explained.


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