Boundary Count Search and Rescue member Adam Reeves accepts honors from Sheriff David Kramer for his quick and decisive action to safely rescue the two-man BNSF from a locomotive sinking into the Kootenai River on New Year's Day.

In a ceremony Thursday afternoon, Sheriff Dave Kramer presented Search and Rescue (SAR) member and BNSF track inspector Adam Reeves a Boundary County Sheriff's Office Rescue Award and Sheriff’s Office challenge coin for his role in rescuing two BNSF railroad workers who were trapped in a derailed locomotive that was filling with river water on January 1.

South Boundary Fire District Chief Tony Rohrwasser assisted Reeves with the rescue but was not able to attend the presentations.

Sheriff Kramer also recognized with Boundary County Sheriff's Office Rescue Award SAR members Levi Falck, Pat Bennett, BCSO Corporal Clint Randall and Detective Caleb Watts, who crewed the Marine 1 rescue boat and were instrumental in the daring night-time rescue.

Paramedic John Minden was also on the boat but was not able to attend the ceremony.

North Bench Fire Chief Gus Jackson and Paradise Valley Fire Chief Mike Glazier who were part of the Incident Command team for the rescue operation were present to show their support, along with several employees from BNSF railroad.


Attending Thursday's awards ceremony for the daring rescue of two men from a derailed locomotive in the Kootenai River are (l-r) North Bench Fire Chief Gus Jackson, Paradise Valley Fire Chief Mike Glazier, Sheriff David Kramer, SAR members Levi Falck and Pat Bennett, Sheriff’s Detective Caleb Watts, SAR and BNSF employee Adam Reeves and Sheriffs Corporal Clint Randall.

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