Rogue River Man Hailed As A Hero For Saving His Neighbor

By Jim McCoy Thu 20th September NewshonorsRogue River news

A Rogue River man has been named a Carnegie hero for saving a neighbor from drowning. John Haight is one of 19 recipients named Thursday by the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Hero Fund and the only one from Oregon.

He was mowing his yard in June of last year when he heard screaming and saw his older neighbor, Leonard Wrobel, floating away face down. He had slipped into the water and was knocked unconscious.

Haight went in after him, pulled him onto a rock and performed CPR until help arrived.

The Oregonian reports Haight still suffers pain from a broken toe and sore shoulder he injured during the rescue. He plans to use his $5,000 hero award to help fund swim lessons for children.

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