SOUTH BELOIT (WIFR) – Two local firefighters are being credited for saving teens stranded in a creek last summer.
Assistant Chief Mike Davenport and firefighter Kevin Schultz of the South Beloit Fire Department were awarded for their bravery. Both responders save two teens who were stranded while canoeing along Turtle Creek when it started flooding.
The Assistant Chief says it was a tough and scary situation, but he’s grateful everyone made it out alive.
"One of the victims wanted to get back into the water, thought that they could swim to shore if they jumped back in and the hardest part was to keep them from doing that. With the conditions of the waterways, if he would've gotten back into the water, chances are he wouldn't have made it,” said Asst. Chief Mike Davenport.
Asst. Chief Davenport says water rescues in South Beloit aren’t common, so firefighters have teamed up with the City of Beloit Fire Department to form a joint water rescue team.