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Sheriff and City Recognize Local Hero

Posted: February 26, 2009 2:45 a.m.
Updated: February 25, 2009 11:45 p.m.

Gary Borg (center) receives a special commendation from the Santa Clarita City Council for saving a drowning woman at the Council's Feb. 24 meeting.

The City of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department recognized a local hero Tuesday night at the City Council meeting.

On behalf of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff's Captain Anthony La Berge presented Canyon Country resident Gary Borg with the Sheriff's Star Scroll, one of the highest honors given by the Sheriff to individuals or organizations outside the Department for heroic acts.

On Friday, September 12th, 2008, at 9:45 p.m. Gary Borg acted quickly, calmly and in a heroic manner when he saw two people in peril in the water at his local community swimming pool near Rosehaven Lane and Rue Entree, Canyon Country.

Faced with a sudden and unexpected life threatening emergency, he immediately reacted, jumped into the water and pulled both victims out of the pool. He performed Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on one of the victims while nearby teenagers dialed 9-1-1 and began tending to the second victim. Neither person was conscious or breathing.

Gary managed to revive one of the victims and rendered aid until emergency services personnel arrived. As a direct result of his quick and courageous actions, the victims received immediate emergency medical attention and one of them survived the near drowning. The surviving victim has since made a full recovery. Sheriff's officials described the woman's survival as nothing short of a miracle.

"Mr. Borg is a true hero," said Captain Anthony La Berge of the Santa Clarita Sheriff's Station. "There is no doubt we would have lost two lives that September night had he not taken immediate and heroic action."

"Mayor Frank Ferry described Mr. Borg as a perfect example of the type of selfless, courageous, and kind hearted residents we have in the City of Santa Clarita. "Without hesitation, this man put himself at great risk to help another human being. There are no words that can adequately express our gratitude," he stated.

The victim was reunited for the first time with her rescuer Tuesday night via telephone. The two exchanged greetings and phone numbers and plan to meet in person at a later time.


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