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Wausau area officers recognized for life-saving rescue story


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - Three central Wisconsin officers received the Wausau Livesaving Award last night for their work in rescuing a woman in September.

Wausau officer Jacob Albee, Marathon County lieutenant Mark Wagers, 911 dispatcher Nathan Jones all worked together to help find a 48-year-old woman who was trapped in the Wisconsin River. Chief Jeff Hardel says the woman had unknowingly driven into the river. "The car was sinking, water was rising in the compartment, and she was on the line with 911."

Hardel says Jones was able to keep the woman on the line and calm enough for 8 minutes in order for officers to arrive at Scholfield Park and find the woman in the river. They broke out a window and retrieved her from the car, saving her from drowning.

Hardel says all three officers were able to save a life, and that's not a simple thing. "This award is the highest honor we can give in this community."

All three were presented with the award at the Wausau City Council meeting last night.