Wind­sor na­tive cited for hero­ism

Windsor Star - - CITY+REGION -

Wind­sor na­tive John O’Rourke has been awarded a Carnegie Hero medal for sav­ing a 10-year-old boy from drown­ing. The Carnegie medal is given through­out the United States and Canada to those who risk their lives while sav­ing or at­tempt­ing to save the lives of oth­ers. The boy O’Rourke saved fell through the ice on a pond in Mil­ford, Conn., on Feb. 5, 2017. The 61-yearold O’Rourke, who lives in Mil­ford with his wife, was walk­ing his dog when he warned a group of boys about dan­ger­ous ice con­di­tions just mo­ments be­fore the 10-year-old fell in. O’Rourke grabbed a tree branch and moved across the ice on his stom­ach to reach the boy who was about 75 feet from shore. O’Rourke also fell through the ice a few feet from the boy. He grabbed the boy and held him up while tread­ing wa­ter. O’Rourke tried to break a path through the ice but, as ex­haus­tion set in, he heaved the boy for­ward onto the ice. It held the child’s weight and O’Rourke told the boy to crawl to shore. O’Rourke was later pulled out by po­lice us­ing a rope and flota­tion ring. O’Rourke and the boy were later treated for ex­po­sure. O’Rourke was one of 18 re­cip­i­ents of a hero award so far in 2018. The medals will be pre­sented at a gala in Pitts­burgh in June.

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