NMU students justly recognized for saving man’s life

It is our pleasure to join the chorus of congratulations directed at two Northern Michigan University students who pulled a man from the Lower Harbor’s icy grasp recently.

The city of Marquette recognized Maria Kiilunen and Darrin Koivisto last week for fishing a 45-year-old man out of the water in January.

The drama unfolded at about 11 p.m. Jan. 21 when Kiilunen and Koivisto heard ice cracking and someone calling out for help near the Hampton Inn on South Lakeshore Boulevard in Marquette.

The pair called 911 and assisted the man out of the lake using a lifesaving ring from a nearby pier. They waited with him until police arrived on the scene. He was in the water for about two to three minutes.

“The city of Marquette likes to recognize citizens in heroic situations in hopes that it promotes that kind of behavior,” said Sgt. Ryan Grim of the Marquette Police Department. “This event qualifies as heroic, and they are very deserving of the awards they received.”

We agree. It would have been easy for the students to ignore the cries for help and just keep walking. That they did not is a credit to their character and willingness to help someone they didn’t know.