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Man honored after heroically rescuing trapped teens from Jordan River

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Posted at 2:11 PM, Aug 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-16 16:34:17-04

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Fire Department is honoring man who helped rescue three teens trapped a crashed SUV that landed upside down in the Jordan River back in September 2014.

Leo Montoya Jr. watched as three teens lost control of the speeding SUV and smashed through a fence, landing them upside-down in the Jordan River.

Montoya helped rescue two of the trapped teens; rescue crews helped the third pinned inside the vehicle.

The Salt Lake City Fire Department honored Montoya with the department’s Citizen Heroism Medal Tuesday morning.