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Forum staff report, Published December 15 2009

MSUM student, paramedic to receive awards for lifesaving efforts

FARGO – Two people who helped rescue a man from the Red River on Nov. 20 are being honored with awards from F-M Ambulance Service.

Josie Green will receive the Lifesaving Award and Wes Dahl will receive the Medal of Merit during a ceremony Wednesday, according to a news release from F-M Ambulance.

Green, 18, a Minnesota State University Moorhead student, played an instrumental role in trying to save 29-year-old Lucas Littleghost of West Fargo, who was walking on a railroad bridge between Fargo and Moorhead when he fell about 20 feet into the Red River.

Green jumped into the cold water and swam to Littleghost, pulled him to shore and called 911.

Dahl, an F-M Ambulance paramedic, arrived and noticed the victim’s brother was near the shore, partially in the water, trying to get the man up a steep bank. Dahl tied a rope onto his own waist, tied the other end to a tree, worked his way down the steep bank and helped tie the rope to the victim and push him up over the bank to get him out of the river, the news release stated.

Littleghost never regained consciousness and died Nov. 24 at MeritCare Hospital in Fargo. His family honored Green after his funeral.