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January 2021 Light at the End of the Tunnel

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Three Members Recognized as Heroes After Dune Rescue

Three Local 150 members were recognized on July 26th for their efforts to rescue a six-year-old boy who was trapped in a collapsed sand dune in Indiana. 

Josh Zimmer, Ryan Miller and David Keen received the first Local 150 Humanitarian Awards. The three members arrived at the scene of the collapsed dune on July 12 to assist in locating the boy with excavators after the boy fell into the dune while walking with his parents. After being submerged in 11 feet of sand for nearly four hours, the child was located, removed and taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
Zimmer, Miller and Keen received a lengthy ovation from the members in attendance at the General Membership Meeting, and president-business manager James Sweeney called the men “three heroes that we are all proud to call our Brothers.” In his remarks to the membership, Zimmer shared the relief he felt when the child was located and called his survival and recovery “a miracle.”

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