Colorado man jumped into the Arkansas River to save a drowning teen

Dillion Fitzsimmons, right, thanks Bridger Langston for saving his life when he was sucked under water Monday in the Arkansas River, north of Centennial Park. Carie Canterbury/Daily Record 6-13-19
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CAÑON CITY, Colo. (KKTV) - When Bridger Langston saw a young man struggling to tread water in the Arkansas River, he didn't think, he just jumped into action.

Langston was supposed to be at work on Monday in Pueblo. Instead he called off and was having lunch by the river in Cañon City. That's when he noticed Dillion Fitzsimmons, a 19-year-old father of two, struggling to stay above the water.

Fitzsimmons told the Canon City Daily Record he jumped in the river for a swim, something he had just recently done. However, with the water as high as it was, Fitzsimmons was no match for the fast-moving river.

“That’s what I was planning to do this time, but it didn’t go as planned,” Fitzsimmons said. “I dove in, came back up, and it pulled me down river and sucked me straight under.”

Langston was able to get to Fitzsimmons and bring him to safety.

“I would have died,” Fitzsimmons told the Daily Record. “I gave up. I was swimming with everything I had the whole time – when I didn’t have any results, I just pretty much accepted the fact that I was going to die and I just let it happen, I went limp.”

Fremont County Search and Rescue is continuing to remind the public to be extra caution around the river and to keep kids away from it.

Click here to read more on the actions of Langston from the Canon City Daily Record.