A member of Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company vacationing at a Delaware beach helped save a woman from drowning Saturday afternoon.

Steve Bittner, who belongs to Bel Air, was  sitting on the beach at Rehoboth Saturday afternoon with his family when he saw a lifeguard running toward the water, according to a post on the fire company's Facebook page.

"He looked closer and saw a woman floating in the water face down. Without hesitation he jumped up and ran towards the woman," according to the post.

Bittner and the lifeguard moved the woman, who was unconscious and in severe respiratory distress, to shore. Bittner put his head by her mouth and listened to what he described "as drowning respirations," according to the post. They rolled the woman on her side and she began to vomit sea water.


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"Her respirations and consciousness began to improve at this point," the post read.

Within 30 minutes the victim was walking around.

Bittner said the years of training he had received over his 20 plus years as a volunteer helped him tremendously not only in helping the lifeguard but most importantly in saving the woman's life, according to the Bel Air fire company Facebook page.

On his own Facebook page, after several comments from his friends, Bittner wrote: "Thanks guys. I just did what came from all my years in the fire service to help somebody. I can tell you that another minute and that woman would have been gone. She was not in good shape coming out of the water, but eventually regained conciousness and was able to walk off the beach with assistance from the fire dept. It was a natural reaction to help."