Hero of the week: Christopher Mapes

Posted: Monday, December 16, 2002

While at Prudhoe Bay, I received an alert on my computer about an emergency situation at my sister's home. My niece, Olivia Mapes, had fallen through the lake ice and nearly died.

My nephew, 14-year-old Christopher Mapes, was paramount in saving his sister's life. This young man was able to keep his wits about him and respond like a trained professional.

Chris's quick thinking and calmness under pressure was most certainly a vital step in Olivia's recovery.

Chris, in every sense of the word, you are a hero; Olivia's champion. I am extremely proud of you. Well done, young man, well done. I love you.

Timothy Stesney

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