Rybak to honor good Samaritans for heroism

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 6, 2008 - 11:29 PM

Three men who plucked a man out of the Mississippi River and three others who aided a heart attack victim will be recognized for their acts of bravery and heroism during a ceremony today in the Minneapolis City Council chambers.

Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Fire Chief Alex Jackson will confer certificates of recognition on the rescuers.

Cam Haugland, a supervisor for the Minneapolis mounted patrol, and mechanics Dave Van Patter and Gary Maudlin grabbed a defibrillator and ran to a heart attack victim Sept. 9. The victim made a full recovery.

Ross Fuller, John Rudge and Tyrone Smith were boating on the Mississippi River on Aug. 17 when they spotted a man floating in the water. They pulled the victim into a boat, took him to shore and called for help. He was taken to the hospital and released five days later.

"Two people are alive today, thanks to these guys," said Rybak.

TIM HARLOW

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