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Pair of Firefighters Recognized for Canal Rescue

A special honor Tuesday as a pair of local firefighter paramedics, who saved the life of a 15-year-old girl, were recognized.

Scott Baum and Joe Phillips rescued a teen whose boyfriend drowned in a Hamilton canal June.

When the pair arrived on the scene they found a teenage girl clinging to dear life, clinging from a tree branch. The firefighters wasted no time racing into action bring her safely to shore.

June 18th, when Baum and Phillips, were called to the Hydraulic Canal on Hamilton's north end to a report of a drowning, they heard screams.

Quickly and without any hesitation the pair sprang into action. Baum entered the water and was carried by the strong undercurrent to the stranded teen.

Baum helped her get back to the shore but the ordeal was not over yet. Once they got closer to the banks of the canal they were getting bogged down in the suit and that is when Phillips quickly took action to help to two return to safety.

Sadly a 15-year-old William Allen-Watt drowned in the canal.

Aryeall Burkhart looked on during the ceremony as her rescuers received the Meritorious Service Award.




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