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Marine awarded for saving couple

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CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Sergeant Stephen Lowe, an armory custodian with 2nd Marine Division has been awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal.

This honor comes nearly a year after he swam through waves nearly six feet tall to help rescue a couple in distress at a beach on Snake Island, Nigeria. Lowe also helped to bring in a third victim to shore, who also attempted to save the couple. That man unfortunately died after repeated attempts by Lowe and his fellow service members to revive the man using CPR.

Lowe said he risked his life in such conditions because he believes that everybody's life is more important than you own " That’s the way I was raised that if someone needed help you helped them, even if it was giving them the shirt off of your back. So you should never get or expect a prize for saving someone’s life. That’s a prize in itself,” he said.

Established on August 7, 1942, the Navy and Marine Corps Medal is awarded to service members within the department of the Navy, who, while serving in any capacity in their respective services, distinguish themselves by heroism not involving actual conflict with an enemy. It is typically awarded to those for acts of lifesaving, or attempted lifesaving, and is required that the action be performed at the risk of one’s own life.

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