Man who died rescuing teens from rip current remembered by family

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NEW BERN, Craven County - The family of Scott Whitford, the man who died saving two teens from a rip current on Saturday, is being remembered Wednesday.

Douglas Miller is a cousin of Whitford and said he looked up to him since they were kids. "I've thought so many memories over the past 48 hours and every one of them is good," Miller said. "As a child, I idolized him, thought he was the best. He was that kind of guy that if he had 20 cents and you needed it, you had 20 cents. He would just do anything for anyone that he could." Miller said he loved the beach, was musically gifted and a family man who was loved by all who knew him. Miller said he was shocked when he heard Whitford died trying to save two teenage girls from a rip current. "I know that when he entered the water, he was probably not thinking of any danger because he is so familiar with the rip tides and how to be in the ocean," Miller said. Whitford's fiancee, Dawn Wood, didn't want to go on camera but she told us "I can only pray that these girls thank God everyday for people like him that are willing to jump into such dangerous situations to save another's life. I know if God had told him before he dove in that it was either him or her, Scott would have done it all over again."

The family was scheduled to come together at Wilkerson Funeral Home in Vanceboro Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. before Thursday's funeral at Macedonia FWB Church in Ernul. A account has been set up to help Whitford's fiancee in the wake of his death.

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