First responders honored for saving boy trapped in dune

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First responders who rescued a young boy from a collapsed sand dune in Indiana are honored Wednesday.

Indiana Governor Mike Pence paid tribute to them at Michigan City City Hall. About 500 people were on hand for the ceremony, including six year-old Nathan Woessner and his family.

Police officers, firemen, paramedics, and others worked together to save the little boy who fell 11 feet into a dune and was trapped for four hours on July 12th. He then spent two weeks in a hospital.

“He went into the heart of darkness and found the will to survive,” said Pence.

Rescuers say an air pocket probably saved his life.

Michigan City’s Mayor will also hold an event at Stardust Events Center at the Blue Chip Casino.

WGN News Writer C. Hayes published this story.

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