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Rescuers honored for saving woman, baby

first_imgStaff writer Marianne Love contributed to this story. [email protected] (626) 962-8811,Ext. 2718160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2Much of what they do as emergency responders is team-work, said Capt. Mark Savage, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. “During that rescue, as 27 different emergency personnel from three different agencies are being recognized for their actions, that shows what kind of team work it really was,” Savage said. “We are honored as a Fire Department … pleased at the success of the \ under dangerous conditions. That’s what we train for.” Nancy Rigg, member of the board of the directors for the award, applauded the winners’ efforts. “The rescue stands on its merits,” she said. “Two lives were saved. … This is a wonderful team effort.” The awards were created in 1993 by members of the Swiftwater Rescue Committee of the National Association for Search and Rescue in honor of Earl Higgins, a writer and filmmaker who died in 1980 while rescuing a child who was swept down the flood-swollen Los Angeles River, and Jeffrey Langley, a Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighter-paramedic, who lost his life in a helicopter accident in 1993. Members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, the San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team and firefighters with the Angeles National Forest won a national award for last year’s rescue of a woman and her baby from rain-swollen San Dimas Creek. They will be presented Friday with the 2006 Higgins and Langley Swiftwater Rescue Team Award in Austin, Texas at the annual conference of the National Association for Search and Rescue. The agencies will get a medal while each member will be given a certificates and medal bar. San Dimas was among the hardest hit areas during last year’s heavy rains. On Jan. 10, 2005, rescuers pulled Erica Henderson and her baby son, William, from floodwaters in San Dimas Canyon after they fell from a raft as they were being evacuated. “It was a team effort and we all acknowledge that,” said sheriff’s Lt. Larry Wineinger, who heads the San Dimas Mountain Rescue Team. He said three of the five team members involved in the rescue will be in Texas to accept the award. last_img read more