Sixteen year old Tim Harrison of Willmar was honored on June 9 with a Life Safety Certificate by the Willmar Ambulance Service for his efforts in saving the life of a young girl at Robbins Island last summer.
Harrison, who was fifteen at the time, was swimming at Robbins Island beach with friends on July 18 when he learned a child was missing and under water. He joined other volunteers in the search, and once the girl was discovered, he helped carry her out of the water and gave information to responding officers on her condition.
Two Canadian lifeguards, who happened to be in town for Sonshine Fest, performed CPR on the girl until rescuers arrived. She was then airlifted to Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis where she went on to make a complete recovery.
Brad Hanson of the Willmar Ambulance Service and Captain Jim Felt of the Willmar Police Department presented Harrison with the award. When asked to share a few words with the audience, Harrison said the incident had a big impact on him. He has since decided to pursue a career as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) after graduation.