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Lifesavers from the River Falls Swim Club were reunited Monday evening, Oct. 1, at the high school pool with fellow swim club member and the girl who was saved, Marissa Metzler (wearing T-shirt). Surrounding Marissa from left are: Sonja Heiniger, Becca Thomas, and brothers Ben and Jon Heiniger. Submitted photo

Out of life and death, heroes emerge

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River Falls Swim Club Interim Coach Gunnar Teigen knew he had "good athletes and great kids" on his team. What he didn't know was how some were capable of heroism.


He saw plenty of heroic action Friday night, Sept. 21, at the high school swimming pool.

Three swim club members in particular came together as a lifesaving trio on behalf of 12-year-old Marissa Metzler of the town of Troy.

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Phil Pfuehler
Phil Pfuehler has been editor of the River Falls Journal since 1991.
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