Stephanie Cannon '06 December 17, 2012 4:52 PM
COLLEGE STATION, Dec. 17, 2012 – As an Aggie newly commissioned into the Navy, Brian Curry was ready to make a difference, but he probably didn’t expect it to happen on his first day as an ensign.
Just hours after he graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor of arts degree in economics, Curry and his friend, Mario Pineda of Winchester, Calif., were traveling on Highway 6 near Briarcrest Drive in Bryan Friday night (Dec. 14) when they came upon the scene of an accident.
Police reported that several accidents on Highway 6 had slowed traffic. Not noticing the slowdown, a 20-year old man had rear-ended a truck and rolled down an embankment to land upside down in a creek.
“I noticed there were lights in the water. We stopped and just jumped out of the truck and both ran over there," said Curry. They jumped into chest-deep cold water to pull out a man who was trapped in his vehicle upside down in the water.
In all, six people, including the driver of the truck the man hit, jumped into the water. Curry and Pineda cut the seatbelt and dragged the driver up the embankment. Police say he had been under water for five minutes but was breathing on his own by the time he was transported to St. Joseph’s Hospital.
"He's very lucky and we have some great volunteers and witnesses. This doesn't happen all the time," said Sgt. Brett Boswell of the Bryan Police Department.
“Ensign Brian Curry’s quick assessment and response in helping to rescue the accident victim, trapped under water, is a testament to his leadership and character,” notes Col. Paul Timoney, commanding officer and professor of naval science at Texas A&M. “His selfless actions reflect the embodiment of our Navy’s – and Texas A&M’s – core values of honor, courage and commitment in service to others.”
Curry will soon take up his next assignment at Basic Officer Intelligence School at the Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center in Virginia Beach, Va.