Cyclist honored for Trinity River rescue

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by JANET ST. JAMES

WFAA

Posted on July 28, 2010 at 11:48 PM

FORT WORTH — If actions speak louder than words, then Fort Worth city leaders say Jeff Harrison's heroic deed on July 5 says plenty.

Harrison had just cycled 37 miles along the Trinity River when he saw three people go under the water.

While onlookers watched in terrified disbelief, Harrison jumped in, saving a drowning woman and the daughter she is trying to adopt.

MedStar is honoring Harrison with the Community Hero award, an honor he insists he shares with Richard and Sandra Walker.

"They also got in the water. They also helped her out, and I wouldn't have been able to get to her if it wasn't for them," Harrison said, calling this the proudest moment of his life.

"I had regrets for a split-second when I made the decision that I wasn't going to be able to get the dad when I was getting the mom and the little girl," Harrison said.

Sandra Walker and her soon-to-be adopted daughter have made a full recovery. They offered heartfelt thanks to a courageous man on the move, who stopped to save their lives.

E-mail jstjames@wfaa.com

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