Citizens, deputies receive 2008 sheriff’s awardsTwo young men have been recognized with the Citizens Life Saving Award at the St. Croix County Sheriff’s department for their efforts in saving two teen-age girls during a swimming mishap last summer.
Two young men have been recognized with the Citizens Life Saving Award at the St. Croix County Sheriff’s department for their efforts in saving two teen-age girls during a swimming mishap last summer.
Matthew Finley, 19, River Falls, and Matthew Leick, 23, Hudson, were honored along with a number of deputies for outstanding achievement at an awards ceremony Jan. 29 at the Government Center.
The citizen award is bestowed on persons whose actions directly contribute to saving or significantly prolonging human life.
On July 5, Finley and Leick were relaxing on Pembles Beach on the St. Croix River south of Hudson when they heard cries for help from swimmers in distress. Two 13-year-old girls and a 41-year-old woman tried to stand on a submerged sand bar when they were swept further into the river by the current.
In presenting the award, Sheriff Dennis Hillstead said Finley and Leick swam toward the women who were struggling against the current. The selfless acts and heroic efforts of these men resulted in each saving the life of a 13-year-old girl. The woman unfortunately drowned.
Deputy Jim Mikla was honored with a Life Saving Award for making another water rescue. Mikla saved a man who was thrown from his boat and hit by the propeller June 21 on Lake Menomin near Menomonie. Mikla pulled the man out of the water and administered first aid until emergency personnel arrived.
Deputy Sgt. Kris Stewart received officer of the year and a certificate of commendation and certificate of meritorious service awards.
Other deputies honored included: