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April 29th, 2009
UPD to decorate civilian heroes


The Texas State University Police Department (UPD) will honor four civilians with its Medal of Heroism for their efforts the attempted rescue of a drowning victim in Sewell Park.

The ceremony will take place on May 19.

On March 20, Tam Mhin Tran, a 24-year-old Texas State mathematics junior, drowned while swimming in the San Marcos River. The rescuers are Phillip Lewis and Dylan Steve Houser, a pair of 17-year-old San Marcos High School Students and Schitterbhan lifeguards, 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.

Approximately 200-250 people were in the park at the time of the incident. Those four were the only ones who reacted together and tried to save Tran’s life.

Tran was pronounced dead at Central Texas Medical Center (CTMC) later that day, despite the best efforts of rescuers.

The rescuers will be honored at the Annual Texas State University Police Department Awards Ceremony, held at the Albert B. Alkek Library Teaching Theater. The ceremony starts at 10 a.m. The guest speaker will be Austin Police Department Chief Art Acevedo.

The UPD Medal of Heroism is awarded to anyone who has performed acts of courage or outstanding performance under unusually difficult or dangerous circumstances, whether or not in connection with the performance of assigned duties.

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