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Rogue River Hero Honored

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CENTRAL POINT, Ore. – A Rogue River man is being honored as a hero, for his efforts in saving his neighbor’s life. That hero is just one of a few people across the country to receive the prestigious award. The Rogue River man saved his neighbor from drowning last year.

John Haight says it was just instinct, when he dove into the Rogue to save his drowning neighbor, and for saving a life, Haight is now being honored as a hero.

“I put everything on the line, and I guess that’s what a hero does,” Haight said.

Haight is receiving the prestigious Carnegie Medal for heroism for putting his life on the line to save his drowning neighbor last year. In June 2011, Haight saw his 70-year-old neighbor Len Wrobel floating face down in the Rogue River.

Haight dove into the cold water, and pulled Wrobel to a slab of concrete; he performed CPR for 10 minutes, and saved the man’s life. Haight suffered injuries to his foot, knees and back.

“I did chip bone and tear up cartilage and all that stuff,” but said nothing was going to stop him. “I could have moved a locomotive up the side of that hill.”

With the Carnegie Medal, Haight is receiving a $5,000 grant, which he will use to help underprivileged kids get swim lessons, because you never know when it may come back to save your life, or someone else’s.

“I hope nobody puts their life on the line, but you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do, and if you’ve got the means, the know-how and the willpower, I guess chances are you could succeed at it,” Haight said.

As for Len Wrobel, he’s been doing well in the year since his rescue. He calls John Haight the biggest hero he has had since John Wayne.