Cape Fear Hero: SHP Trooper saves young girl from drowning

By Bob Townsend - bio | email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A man, learning to surf, saved the life of a young Asian girl who was caught in a rip current in the ocean at Fort Fisher.

When he saw the girl in trouble, Calvin Lewis, 22, left his board on shore and brought her to safety.  During the process, the strong waves pushed the State Highway Patrol trooper into rocks on the beach, cutting and bruising his body.

"I have always been a pretty good swimmer," explained Lewis.  "Swimming in those tough mountain streams isn't very easy to do. But yeah, she was in pretty bad trouble."

On shore, Lewis found the girl's family, none of whom spoke English and made sure she was okay before he grabbed his surfboard and walked away.  He never got the young girl's name.

Afterwards, Lewis didn't tell his friends or co-workers what had happened.  He only told his father in Hickory, who in turn nominated his son as one of WECT's Cape Fear Heroes.

Lewis' superior officer said everyone in his department is appreciative about what the young mand did for the family and young girl.

"His activities are not only indicative of his character but the character of every man and woman who wears this uniform," said Troy Pope with the Highway Patrol.

For his brave actions, WECT names Calvin Lewis as October's Cape Fear Hero.

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