Thirteen hours after returning from Iraq, a Georgia National Guard soldier helped rescue a man whose truck veered off the Forest River Bridge and landed in the marsh, according to a report in Wednesday’s Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle.

Sgt. Shawn Dantzler and his family were on their way to the mall Monday afternoon when a Ford F-150 pickup started to swerve in front of them on Highway 204.

“I thought he was going to sideswipe us,” the 48th Brigade guardsman told the paper. “Then I saw him go off the road, and I feared he was going into the creek.”

Gary Farrand, 67, was heading east when he became ill and lost control of his truck, Savannah-Chatham Metropolitan Police spokesman Sgt. Mike Wilson told the Chronicle. Farrand’s truck clipped the guardrail, sped down an embankment, bulldozed a fence and landed in the marsh — just feet from Forest River, witnesses were reported as saying.

Dantzler jumped out of his Jeep and ran down the embankment, while his 17-year-old brother, Kyle, called 911.

“I don’t know if it’s an adrenaline rush or what. My main thing was to make sure he was OK,” Dantzler told the paper.

The Chronicle wrote that Dantzler asked Farrand about his injuries and talked to him about family to keep him focused and awake, he said.

Farrand was taken to St. Joseph’s Hospital, where he was listed in good condition Monday night, hospital spokeswoman Betsy Yates told the paper.

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