The two men saved a woman after they saw her in the River Severn near Washbrook Road in Bridgnorth.
West Midlands Ambulance Service will be writing to the soldier’s commanding officer and the other man to recognize their efforts and thank them for their work: “to help a member of the public in extremely difficult and dangerous conditions”.
An ambulance was called after a woman in her 50s was seen in the river. A spokesman from the ambulance service said: “A 56-year-old man initially went into the water to try and help. He was joined shortly afterwards by a 22-year-old-soldier who was walking home at the time.
“The soldier went into the water up to his shoulders and held the woman afloat until firefighters were able to bring them both to the shore.”
The woman was taken to Princess Royal Hospital in Telford and treated for hypothermia. The two men who rescued her were assessed at the scene and needed no further medical treatment.