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April 28th, 2009
UPD to honor men who tried to save drowning victim


Texas State University police will recognize and present the department’s Heroism Award at 10 a.m. May 19 to four civilians who were involved in the combined rescue efforts of a drowning victim in Sewell Park.

They will be honored at the Annual Texas State University Police Department Awards Ceremony to be held at the Albert B. Alkek Library Teaching Theater on campus. Guest Speaker will be Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo.

On March 20, the four individuals viewed a motionless victim at the bottom of the San Marcos River in Sewell Park on university property. They jumped in and pulled the victim out from the water and began to provide CPR to the victim until police and Emergency Medical Services arrived. The drowning victim later passed away in the ambulance en route to the hospital.

There were approximately 200-250 people in the park at the time of the incident, and these four were the only ones who reacted together to try and save the life of the victim.

The honorees are: Phillip Lewis, a 17-year-old San Marcos High School student and Schlitterbahn life guard; Dylan Steve Houser, a 17-year-old San Marcos High School student and Schlitterbahn life guard; Benjamin C. Asmus, a 20-year-old Texas State Campus Recreation employee; and Bryan M. Mammel, a 22-year-old Texas State graduate instructor assistant.


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