Two men called heroes after rescuing a family from a river

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MEMHIS, Tenn. — Two men were called heroes after they rescued four children and one adult from the Wolf River.

Paul Frye said he was kayaking with his friend Andre Demetriou Saturday when they noticed four kids struggling in the water.

“As a father, it’s like I see my own children,” Frye said.

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The two kids didn’t have life on jackets.

The men said their instincts immediately kicked in and they both extended their paddles so the kids could grab on.

“The one child I pulled in last he was kind of panicked, but we kept him reasonably calm,” Frye said.

Once the kids were out of the water, the two men noticed the father of the children also needed help because he jumped in to help his kids as well.

“Water doesn’t care what your ability is,” said Demetriou. “It doesn’t care if you can swim or can’t swim. It's going to keep moving.”

Luckily everyone made it out ok.

Both men believed they happened to be in the right place at the right time.

Since then they received a shout out from the Memphis Fire Department for their good deed.

“I’m OK,” Demetriou said. “I can kinda wear that as a badge of honor. I’m proud of it. I'm excited that we were there.”

The men wanted to emphasize, always wear a life jacket no matter how well you can swim.