Governor, Mayor, Public to Honor Rescuers

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August 27, 2013 — Indiana’s governor will honor first responders who helped rescue a six-year old Sterling, Illinois boy who was buried alive under eleven feet of sand along Lake Michigan’s south shore last month.

Governor Mike Pence will attend a ceremony at Michigan City Hall tomorrow at 11 a.m. to recognize people who helped in the recovery of Nathan Woessner.  He was trapped under nearly 400-thousand pounds of sand at the Indiana Dunes Mount Baldy July 12TH.  His recovery at University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital Chicago has been called a miracle.

The Governor’s event is one of two that will honor the rescuers and medical staff involved in his recovery treatment.

The second event features Michigan City Mayor Ron Meer at the Stardust Events Center at the Blue Chip Casino, where rescue effort details will be shared.  The University of Chicago says both events are open to the public.

Rescue workers retrieved Woessner from under 11 feet of sand, buried for more than three hours, sending him to the hospital with only a blood drop from a scrape to hint a blood flow that suggested a sign of life.  After dismissal from the hospital July 23, he started first grade last week.


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