Mich. CO lauded for saving toddler from Lake Superior

Al Huhta was working when a 1-year-old girl ran from her home and toward the water


By Bob Johnson
MLive.com

HOUGHTON COUNTY, Mich. — A corrections officer from the Houghton County Sheriff’s Office was awarded for saving a toddler from drowning last month.

Al Huhta was working with a crew around 11 a.m. on June 30 at L’ Anse Bay Waterfront Park when a 1-year-old girl ran from her home and toward the water.

Huhta was presented with a Lifesaving Award and certificate from the Michigan Sheriff’s Association Director Matt M. Saxton and Sheriff Brian McLean. (Courtesy photo)
Huhta was presented with a Lifesaving Award and certificate from the Michigan Sheriff’s Association Director Matt M. Saxton and Sheriff Brian McLean. (Courtesy photo)

Huhta ran after the girl but she managed to reach the water and slip below the surface, the sheriff’s office reports. Huhta pulled her from the water and brought her back to shore.

Huhta was presented with a Lifesaving Award and certificate from the Michigan Sheriff’s Association Director Matt M. Saxton and Sheriff Brian McLean.

“We’re extremely proud of (correctional officer) Huhta and his quick action,” McLean said. “Not only was he paying attention to his duties, but also kept watch on all that was going around him.”

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