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Paratrooper dies trying to rescue swimmer

Posted May 26, 2008

— A Fort Bragg paratrooper drowned in the Gulf of Mexico over the weekend while trying to save a swimmer off the Florida coast.

Pierre Allen, 21, a Mississippi native, disappeared beneath the waves near Panama City Saturday while the other swimmer was pulled to safety, authorities said.

Rescue crews recovered Allen's body Sunday.


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  • chfdcpt May 27, 2008

    Amazing and sad. That there are people out there that are willing to risk themselves to save others. God bless you trooper. You are relieved of duty.

  • Alicat May 26, 2008

    Thats a real hero.