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Chris Brunell, Jr. and Chris Brunell, Sr. received recognition for their response to a woman hanging off the St. Croix River High Bridge on Feb. 15. At the Town of Somerset Board meeting on April 4 the Brunells each received the Somerset Fire/Rescue Award for Life Saving, as well as a thank you letter from Sen. Herb Kohl, a certificate of commendation from Gov. Scott Walker and a citation from the Legislature.

Somerset father, son receive life saving awards

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As Somerset Fire/Rescue volunteers, Chris Brunell, Sr. and Chris Brunell, Jr. have responded to hundreds of incidents. But a high-risk rescue the father and son duo embarked on Feb. 15 is one they will never forget.


The Brunells received a page shortly after midnight on Feb. 15 saying a woman was hanging off the St. Croix River High Bridge with someone who could no longer hold onto her.

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Gretta Stark
Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.
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