Residents recognized as heroes for helping others

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The American Red Cross honored three local residents and three whitewater rafting guides as Hometown Heroes last week. The three river guides with W.E.T. River Trips, Jason Wasserman, Nathan Fried, and Alex Wolfgram rescued 9-year-old Joseph Haven when they say him floating lifeless in the South Fork of the American River. They jumped into a raft and pulled Haven out of the water to administer CPR. Once on shore, Wolfgram ran almost a mile upstream to see if anyone else was in trouble. He found Joseph’s family and notified them that he was OK. Wade Andrews and his girlfriend, April O’Dell, were recognized with the “Good Samaritan Adult Heroes” award. In September 2009, Andrews and O’Dell rescued then-17-year-old Weimar resident Joseph “JoJo” Kerschner when he was attacked by four pitbulls in Downtown Auburn. Andrews initially only used his hands and arms to try and bat the dogs away while O’Dell pulled Kerschner into her car. Nurse Bonnie Anderson was also honored at the luncheon. Anderson was given the “Medical Professional Hero” award after she rushed her friend Sylvia Fisk’s then-5-year-old son, Jacob, to a hospital. Jacob had hit his head while sledding while his parents were out of town and Anderson, a Sutter Auburn Faith Hospital nurse, immediately took the unresponsive boy to a local hospital. Jacob was later airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center where he received surgery for his injury and ultimately recovered. ~ Staff report