A Sheboygan teen saved a 47-year old man from drowning in the Sheboygan River Friday and police have taken notice.
“The Sheboygan Police Department is recognizing the bravery,” officers wrote on the Sheboygan Police Facebook page.
The rescuer, Hunter Heyn, saw a man enter the river near Worker’s Park. The man started to struggle toward the center of the river and Heyn ran to assist him. He grabbed a flotation ring which was on shore and began swimming toward the man.
Another person called the police and officers arrived just as Heyn was entering the water. As Heyn drew closer, the man sank under the water so Heyn dove after him. He was able to bring the man back to the surface, and then grabbed hold of the flotation ring. The officers on shore pulled Heyn and the man to safety, according to police.
“Hunter’s quick action and courage certainly helped to save the man’s life,” police said.
Sgt. Schmitt and Officer Walloch contacted Heyn Wednesday, to present him coupons from Papa John’s Pizza as part of the department’s “Doing Something Right” initiative.
“We are proud to have a young man like him in our community,” police said.