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March 6, 2013

Proclamations presented for lifesaving at Pleasant Lake

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Written by: Bruce Snook
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Mayor Tom Lowry presents proclamation to Dan Findlay of Arrmstrong International

Recognition related to recent lifesaving activity at Pleasant Lake was an ingredient of the Three Rivers City Commission meeting Tuesday evening (March 5).

Lt. Troy Blackburn of the Three Rivers Fire Department, an Armstrong International employee, and Plant Manager Dan Findlay with the proclamation presented to the company in recognition of “decades of financial and logistical support – but more importantly . . . for their direct involvement of a life saved on February 7, 2013.”

Mayor Tom Lowry read and then presented proclamations in honor of Armstrong International and the Linn family – Jeff, Christy and their son, Josh – in conjunction with the events of February 7th in which Robert Horvath, from Elkhart, Indiana, was rescued after falling through the ice.

Dan Findlay, manager of the Armstrong plant in Three Rivers, accepted the proclamation which noted that special equipment used in the rescue was purchased with funds received from the Donis Armstrong Trust Fund as a generous donation to the Three Rivers Fire Department in December of 2008.  The proclamation also pointed out that one of the rescuers wearing that equipment was Lt. Troy Blackburn, an Armstrong International employee who was “allowed to leave work to help someone in need.”

The Linn family was recognized for their efforts in hearing Mr. Horvath’s calls for help and their subsequent actions that contributed to the successful rescue.

Josh, Jeff and Christy Linn standing during Mayor Tom Lowry’s reading of the proclamation from the City of Three Rivers in their honor.

Mr. Horvath and his wife were on hand for the meeting to express their appreciation to the Linn Family.

To view the proclamations presented Tuesday evening and the story they tell regarding the rescue, click on the links below.

Robert Horvath and his wife interacting with Linn family after presentation of proclamations. (Click on photo to enlarge)


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