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Where We Live: Hamburg


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 Kehoe Jr. 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.

The Town of Hamburg Department of Youth, Recreation and Senior Services is accepting registration for several of its Start Smart motor skill development programs that will begin in January. Created by the National Alliance for Youth Sports, Start Smart programs introduce young children to a particular sport in a safe and fun environment with a parent participating to encourage and support the child as he or she becomes acclimated to the sport.

Participants may register in person at the Recreation Office, online at, or call the Recreation Office for details at 646-5145. Start Smart programs are limited to a maximum of 20 children and require an adult to participate with the child at each class.

This week:

• The Hamburg Village Board will conduct a work session at 5:30 p.m. Monday followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in Village Hall, 100 Main St.

• The Hamburg Village Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall.

• Hamburg Village Hall closes at noon Thursday and Dec. 31.

• Hamburg Town Police Department will sponsor a UNYTS blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 29 in front of Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave.

• The Hamburg Town Board will hold a year end meeting Dec. 30 in Conference Room No. 1 in Town Hall.

• Rock the Roundabout will start at 11:30 p.m. Dec. 31 in the Hamburg village parking lot, with the annual ball drop at midnight.

• The Village of Hamburg Department of Parks and Recreation is updating its master plan and would like community input, feedback, and recommendations. Complete an online survey about the Parks and Recreation Department’s programs, parks, and facilities.