Governor to Recognize MC Firefighters in Boy's Rescue

2013-08-06T19:45:00Z 2013-08-06T23:34:04Z Governor to Recognize MC Firefighters in Boy's RescueStan Maddux Times Correspondent
August 06, 2013 7:45 pm  • 

MICHIGAN CITY | Gov. Mike Pence will attend a ceremony to honor everyone involved in the rescue of a 6-year-old boy who became buried under 11 feet of sand along Michigan City's lakefront.

"It's neat to have the governor of the state coming here to recognize everyone involved in this great miracle," said Mark Baker, the public information officer for the Michigan City Fire Department.

Nathan Woessner is back home in Illinois after buried under 11 feet of sand when swallowed by a sinkhole July 12 at Mount Baldy.

He was barely breathing when uncovered during a more than three hour search that involved numerous rescuers and heavy machinery.

Woessner spent the first several of his 11 days at a Chicago area hospital on a ventilator but, according to his doctors, the odds of a full recovery are in his favor.

Baker said everyone from companies that provided the sand moving equipment to members of the LaPorte County Chapter of the American Red Cross providing water and other supplies during the search will be recognized during the ceremony with the governor.

Baker said the event is tentatively scheduled for 11 a.m. Aug. 28.

The exact location has not been determined because of the ongoing effort to secure a facility to accommodate an expected large crowd, he said.

"They’re looking at other venues around the city to hold something like this,’’ said Baker.

Mayor Ron Meer said he talked with Pence shortly after the rescue about visiting visiting Michigan City.

The Woessner family has been invited to attend.

"It’s a great story for Michigan City. It’s a great story for LaPorte County and the entire state of Indiana," said Meer.

All of the Michigan City firefighters involved in the rescue were recognized Monday night during a meeting of the Michigan City Fire Merit Commission.

Firefighters who stayed behind in the event of a fire or some other emergency were also commended for covering the regular duties of the rescuers.

"There were a lot of other firefighters that were still protecting and covering the city," said Meer.

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