A man credited with saving the lives of two teens, at the cost of his own, was reportedly a Marine Corps veteran and a,​ two-time Purple Heart recipient and recent employee of John Jay High School in San Antonio, Texas​.

Retired Marine Master Sgt. Rodney Buentello was spending Wednesday afternoon with his family at Bandera City Park, about an hour northwest of San Antonioaccording to google maps-kc​, when he witnessed the two teens in peril.

The Bandera Marshal's office said that one of the teens was trying to walk across a parkthe​ damn​ illegally when she was swept away by rushing water. That’s when another teen went in to help her and ​The other teen went into the water to help her, but he got stuck as well. 

Buentello then dove in went into the water ​and managed to save both teens. However, he was dragged under the water and drowned before rescuers could reach him.

sprang into action, saving the pair from drowning. Sadly, he was dragged under by the current before he managed to escape the area.

Buentello had served as a recruiter in San Antonio and the training chief and class instructor for Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron in Iwakuni, Japan, according to Marine Corps news releases. 

According to ​Pascual Gonzales with the San Antonio-area school district said Buentello was hired as an instructional assistant at John Jay High School in San Antonio in 2013. He resigned from the school on good terms last month. in May, just about a month before his drowning death.

Gonzales said Buentello was also a former student at John Jay.

In addition to Beyond being a decorated Marine and educator, Buentello was described as a family man. According to a GoFundMe Page created for his family, Buentello is survived by his leaving behind a​ wife,  named ​Lisa; their w​and three sons, ages 8 and 9, as well as a 21-year-old son​.  

Friends and family took to social media following Buentello's death to express their condolences and admiration for the Marine vet decorated war hero​. 

Family members of Buentello shared on Facebook afternoon that there will a vigil in his honor Thursday evening at 8 p.m. at John Jay High School.

A GoFundMe page has been created to help raise funds for the family of Rodney Buentello. If you would like to donate to the family, CLICK HERE.

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