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Retired Minot Firefighter Robert Johnson was honored with a LifeSaving Award at the April 2 City Council meeting. Earlier this year, Johnson helped save the life of a 3-year-old Minot girl.
On Saturday Jan. 27, 2018, the Lorenz family was at the Holiday Inn Riverside in Minot for their daughter’s 3rd birthday party. Josephine wanted to take a break from swimming and eat her cupcakes. The family went to their poolside room and Josephine took off her lifejacket. The children ate cupcakes and most of them went back to the pool. Josephine decided to go swimming again and was in the little pool. Her mother was ordering pizza for supper and stopped to talk to her husband. While they were talking and finishing ordering the pizza, Josephine jumped in the big pool without her lifejacket on. She cannot swim.
Johnson saw Josephine in the water, jumped in the pool fully clothed and pulled her out. She was blue when she was pulled out and no one knew how long she had been in the water. The pressure from being pulled out made Josephine start throwing up all the water she had swallowed while trying to get above the water. She began breathing.
The Minot Fire Department would like thank Bob for his quick thinking and actions that saved Josephine’s life.