Syracuse, NY — With waves crashing down and a woman crying for help in Lake Ontario this summer, a Camillus teenager on the shore quickly and calmly came to the rescue.
Marshall Winn, 14, rode his personal watercraft to the woman and her fiance, who was trying to help her. He then calmly threw lifejackets to the struggling swimmers, and circled around so they could grab on. He then pulled the woman slowly to shore.
“I was kind of scared and nervous at the same time,” Marshall told a reporter in August. “If I didn’t make it in time, they would have been dead.”
The 25-year-old woman he saved, Mindy Macera, said during the interview that “had it been 30 seconds longer, I probably wouldn’t be here talking to you right now. I held on, looked at the kid and said, ‘I don’t know who you are but thank you, you’re like an angel to me right now.'”
For saving the woman’s life and rescuing those with her, Winn will be honored with the Youth Good Samaritan Award at the 15th Annual American Red Cross Real Heroes Breakfast, scheduled from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Oncenter Convention Center Complex in Syracuse. Tickets are still available.
Winn is among 33 individuals who will be honored at the breakfast.