Coast Guard honors three rescuers

Posted: Friday, June 15, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- Three local Coast Guardsmen were honored for helping save a woman's life last year near Soldotna.

Coast Guard Rear Adm. Tom Barrett presented a Coast Guard Silver Lifesaving Medal to Lt. John Humpage. While on a fishing trip Sept. 11, Humpage waded through 40-degree water in the Kenai River to rescue a woman who fell or jumped 30 feet from a nearby bridge, according to the Coast Guard.

Humpage, 26, struggled to reach the woman as she drifted toward rapids. Although hobbled by fishing waders filling with icy water, he managed to grab the woman's ankle and pull her ashore where a bystander assisted him.

Two fishing companions, Coast Guard Lts. Eric Kellogg and David Savatgy, also of Juneau, helped Humpage.

Savatgy, a Coast Guard architect, received a Commendation Medal. Kellogg received a Coast Guard Achievement Medal. Both Kellogg and Humpage work in the Coast Guard station's aids to navigation section.

The woman, whose name was not released, survived the incident.

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