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College student from Hamburg recognized for saving boy from drowning

A college student from Hamburg and a classmate were honored Thursday as Carnegie Heroes for saving a boy from drowning and trying to save his father.

Michael Frawley, 19, was a freshman exercise science major at the University of Scranton Nov. 23, 2014 when he and several college friends were at a Scranton park. Nine-year-old Robert Kehoe III had fallen from a rock ledge into a deep pool at the base of a Roaring Brook waterfall, according to the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission.

The boy’s father, Robert Kehoe Jr., jumped into the 38-degree water to save his son, but he, too, started struggling. Frawley and another student, Cesar Garcia of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., went to a rock ledge about 20 feet above the water. Garcia jumped in, grasped the boy, and swam to where his father was struggling. Frawley also jumped in and swam toward the father, who dropped beneath the surface.

The boy was struggling against Garcia, submerging him, and Garcia swallowed water. Frawley took the boy from Garcia, who made his way to the edge of the water. Frawley swam downstream with the child to an accessible point on the bank.

The three were rescued from the gorge, but the boy’s father drowned.

Frawley and Garcia were among 24 people awarded medals Thursday by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission in recognition of civilian heroism in the United States and Canada. The medal is given to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others.