PFW student recognized for saving woman from St. Joseph River

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The Purdue University Fort Wayne student who pulled a woman to safety from the St. Joseph River was recognized Saturday with a suprise award. 

In late November, Noah Olson, a freshman at PFW, jumped into the St. Joseph River after seeing a woman jump off the bridge. He pulled her to safety and comforted her until emergency crews arrived. 

During the PFW men’s basketball game on Saturday, Purdue University Fort Wayne Chancellor, Ron Elsenbaumer suprised Olson with the One Brick Higher Award for his heroic efforts. The award is a special honor presented to those who go beyond the requirements of their role and through extraordinary effort to improve the lives of those around them, increase the effectiveness of the workplace, or prevent or solve problems.

He was presented the award at center court and celebrated with a standing ovation.

“It’s incredible to be recognized by the entire student body, everybody was just cheering for me and I’m just very blessed.” said Olson.

He is majoring in mechanical engineering technology at PFW. 

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