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'He had been in the environment so long that John had to lift him up on the bank.'

An 18-year veteran firefighter was on his morning bike ride near the Willamette River on Tuesday, when he noticed a man floating in the river.

EUGENE, Ore. - An 18-year veteran firefighter was on his morning bike ride near the Willamette River on Tuesday, when he noticed a man floating in the river.

Eugene Police say the man in the water called out to Jonathan Deininger, the firefighter, and told him he was struggling and needed help getting out.

After calling 911, Deininger immediately took action.

"They weren't secure, they weren't on a bank or island, they were floating, so he took action right away and called 911," said Markus Lay, with the Eugene Police Department. "Got the individual to the bank. It was a fully grown man, and in these conditions he wasn't able to help himself. He had been in the environment so long that John had to lift him up on the bank."

Officials say they're still unsure of how the man ended up in the river, but he is now in stable condition at Sacred Heart Medical Center at Riverbend.

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