Windsor native cited for heroism
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.