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    ‘Guardian angels,’ Jet Skiers to be honored at American Red Cross breakfast

    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.

    The American Red Cross will host its “Real Heroes” breakfast Wednesday at the Oncenter in Syracuse. (File photo by Dick Blume / The Post-Standard)


    Marshall Winn, 14, of Camillus, (center) is photographed with people he rescued this summer from Lake Ontario. He is one of several people to be honored Wednesday at the Central New York’€™s Real Heroes breakfast, hosted by the American Red Cross. From left to right are: Chris Hutt, Mindy Macera, Marshall Winn, Michelle Harnas and Donnie Harnas. Marshall rescued everyone except Michelle Harnas, who made it back to shore under her own power. 

    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.





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