Three local officers honored for lake rescue
Three law enforcement officers have been honored for saving two people from drowning in Eagle Lake near Frazee.
Frazee Chief of Police Tyler Trieglaff, Deputy Darin Borth, and Sgt. Dan May received a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Achievement Using Life Saving Measures.
The incident occurred about 1:35 a.m. on Aug. 13, when the two Becker County officers and the Frazee police chief responded to a motor vehicle crash near Eagle Lake.
When they arrived, officers soon learned two occupants of the vehicle had fled the scene and tried to avoid officers by going into the lake. The officers could hear the individuals in the water and located them about 100 yards from shore and struggling. One female yelled for help, saying she wasn't going to make it.
Sgt. May and Deputy Borth took off their duty gear and began to swim to the individuals. Chief Trieglaff also took off his duty gear and inflated his Nebulus Flotation Device, then followed behind May and Borth pushing the raft towards the two people struggling in the water. Borth and May helped the two get to the raft. With one on the raft and one hanging onto the side, the officers brought the two safely to shore, where they were checked by Frazee Rescue and Perham EMS.
"Without the quick response and extraordinary efforts of these officers, the outcome would have been much different," Becker County Sheriff Todd Glander said at a recent award ceremony before the Becker County Board. "Congratulations and nice work."