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Photo by Eilish Palmer

Brian Thomas, 27, of Conway shows the life jacket he wore May 11 when rescuing a man on the Buffalo River during a canoe trip with a group from Central Baptist Church in Conway, where Thomas is a member. The North Little Rock firefighter also helped a woman in the church group who became distressed in the river that day. Thomas said it’s imperative to wear a life jacket, not just have one in the boat.