Teen honored for saving girlfriend's life

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ARIMO, Idaho ( KMVT / KSVT ) 17-year-old Marcos Gil will forever be remembered as a hero. Marcos died about two weeks ago after he jumped into the Portneuf River and saved his girlfriend from drowning.

BBQ, baseball and favorite memories, that’s how friends and family spent the evening remembering Marcos Gil.

"He was like a little brother to me, great kid, I loved him. ”

Marcos is remembered as a dedicated athlete.

"Marcos loved baseball of all things but he also played basketball and football.”

He loved being outdoors and having adventures…

"There was not a day I remember him staying at home - ever.”

He had a big heart and cared for everyone.

His sister Alicia Vasquez said, “I don’t think I’ve ever known anybody who didn’t love marcos. I mean he was like the light in everybody’s life. He made everybody smile.”

Lindsay Girl, Marcos' sister added, “he was an outgoing person. He was funny, he was pretty much the class clown I heard from all his friends, he helped people who needed help.” “He had friendships everywhere he went. There was not a place he would go and not make friends.”

His cousin Hondo Gil exclaimed, “he loved everyone he met. Not a lot of negativity that came from him, always a positive kid.”

It’s his big heart that brings us here.

"This award has never been given to a citizen, we always reserve it for officers. But we felt this was an exception.”

Marcos’ family was presented with the life-saving award from the Bannock County Sheriff’s Office in honor of his sacrifice. Marcos was able to save his girlfriend from drowning in the Portneuf River but the current was too strong and ending up pulling Marcos under.

"He would regret it if he didn’t do it because that’s the type of person Marcos was.” “The fact that he jumped in and saved her, I couldn’t picture him doing anything else.”

The Portneuf veterans also presented the family with a flag and a wreath to put on the casket.

And Marcos leaves behind one more legacy. In his hometown of Arimo the city park will forever bear his name.

All of the money raised will go to the Gil family to pay for funeral expenses.

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