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Canada Pair of Edmonton-area women presented with Carnegie Medals for drowning rescue

02:30  16 december  2019
02:30  16 december  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Mike Lake et al. standing in front of a laptop: Sommer Marie King (L) and Rebecka Blackburn (R), were presented with Carnegie Medals by MP Mike Lake on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.© Global News Sommer Marie King (L) and Rebecka Blackburn (R), were presented with Carnegie Medals by MP Mike Lake on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.

A pair of women from the Edmonton area were officially presented with Carnegie Medals on Sunday, after they rescued a drowning man from the Fort Saskatchewan River in June 2018.

The medal was presented to Rebecka Blackburn, who was 18 at the time of the rescue, and Sommer Marie King, who was 33 at the time. Both women are Leduc residents.

The award presentation took place Sunday afternoon, with the medals being officially handed over by Mike Lake, MP for the Edmonton-Wetaskiwin riding.

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The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, based in Pittsburgh, gives the medals and cash awards to civilians who have exhibited bravery in the United Most of the others honored Tuesday rescued or tried to rescue people from drowning or burning, usually by pulling them from cars after crashes.

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Blackburn, who was 18 at the time, had been enjoying the river with her mother and her mother’s friends in June 2018 near the Devon boat launch, when they noticed a man struggling to stay afloat in the middle of the water.

She entered the water and swam out to him when the man fully submerged. Blackburn, a trained lifeguard, had to dive down to bring him to the surface and tow him to shore.

"There was so much adrenaline," Blackburn said. "I didn't realize, but when I grabbed him, I thought, 'Oh my god, that was really hard.'

"I never feel out of control and then having him panic and push down, plus trying to fight the current, was really scary."

King was on the shore at the time -- and then entered the water to help when she noticed Blackburn struggling to get herself and the man to safety.

"I didn't really hesitate," King said. "I trusted my abilities and my training and it was instinct."

READ MORE: Teen lifeguard saves man from North Saskatchewan River near Devon

The Carnegie Hero Fund was founded in 1904 and honours Canadians and Americans who risk their lives to save the lives of others. The award also comes with a $5,500 prize.

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