3 young men from Dutchess County save a girl from the ice
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY (NEWS10) — Several local residents were honored on Wednesday night for their heroic efforts that saved a young girl. Among them were three boys, who received plaques at the Roosevelt Fire Department from members of the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office.
On Sunday March 6, an eleven-year-old girl fell through the ice at Greenfield Park in Hyde Park. Three young men, Connor VanTassel, Liam McAteer and Evan Clarke, saw her fall and jumped into the water to save her.
Donald and Wendy Burns were driving near the park and noticed four people in the water. They turned to help and called 911. All four children were pulled from the water and the girl was unconscious and not breathing. Wendy started CPR and the girl regained consciousness.
Roosevelt and Fairview Fire Departments and Northern Dutchess paramedics provided medical assistance at the scene. The girl was taken to a local hospital and is now recovering.
Sheriff Kirk A. Imperati said, “I commend Connor, Liam and Evan for their heroic actions in jumping into freezing water that day to save this young girl. Although they were young boys themselves, they showed extreme bravery in a very frightening situation. I also commend Donald and Wendy Burns for their heroism. Your actions that afternoon made a difference and saved the life of a young woman. Thank you all and all the first responders who helped out that day. »
Connor VanTassel is the son of Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office Corrections Officer Michael VanTassel. Sherriff Imperati sent special congratulations to Michael VanTassel and said his son was a hero he should be extremely proud of. He and all the other boys, Imperati said, are a great example for all of us to help and show compassion to others.