- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - A Hamlin County deputy who helped save a man and his 9-year-old son from drowning after their canoe capsized is among 19 people being honored by the Carnegie Heroes Fund Commission.

The hero awards were announced Monday and honor those who risk their lives for others.

Deputy Jon Barthel came to the rescue when a father and son fell into Lake Poinsett while trying to retrieve a football in April.

Dan Overbo and his son fell into the freezing water when their canoe tipped about 60 yards from shore.

A neighbor heard their calls for help and alerted Barthel, who lives near the Overbos’ lake home. Barthel ran to the scene, jumped into the water and pulled the father and son to shore.

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