A La Crosse County sheriff’s deputy who helped save a man from drowning in the Mississippi River last year is receiving the Carnegie medal for heroism.
41-year-old John Williams of La Crosse is one of 19 recipients being announced today. As a member of the sheriff’s boat patrol, Williams jumped into the Mississippi last June 25th to save a man who jumped in from a rocky area in downtown La Crosse. Williams battled a current that threatened to sweep both men away – and private boaters helped the officer pull the man into a rescue craft. At the time, Sheriff Steve Helgeson said Williams’s actions showed “incredible bravery” and were “truly amazing.” The sheriff’s department gave him an award in May. The Carnegie medal includes a financial grant from the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.