Rybak to honor good Samaritans for heroism

  • Star Tribune
  • 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.


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