Everyday citizens recognized for heroic actions

On July 15, Nicholas and Benjamin Footh were given Citizen Lifesaving Awards for their May rescue of a man who had jumped from the Wakota Bridge. (courtesy of TownSquare TV)

Two citizens were recognized for their life-saving efforts at the July 15 South St. Paul City Council meeting. 

Police Chief Bill Messerich presented Nicholas and Benjamin Footh with Citizen Lifesaving Awards. 

Messerich said the Fooths on May 15 at around 3 p.m. were taking their new jet skis to the boat launch under the Wakota Bridge to try them out.

“While Ben was parking the truck, Nick heard kind of a splash and some yelling behind him,” Messerich said. 

The pair took their watercraft out onto the Mississippi River and found a man in the water.

Messerich said Nick pulled the man onto his jet ski and brought him to shore.

“What we learned was that man had jumped off the top of the Wakota Bridge into that water, probably 50 or 60 feet, trying to take his own life,” Messerich said. 

The chief added that through the Fooths’ life saving efforts, they were able to get the man to medics who transported him to a hospital and “gave him a second chance at life.”

The council thanked the men for their actions that day.


—Hannah Burlingame

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