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Teens honored for rescue at Scotia's Collins Lake

Teens honored for rescue at Scotia's Collins Lake

Tedisco presents medal to three Scotia-Glenville students
Teens honored for rescue at Scotia's Collins Lake
Ava Horton, Meka Boncie-Machin and Emily St. John receive the NYS Liberty Medal from Senator Jim Tedisco on June 11, 2019.
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Senator Jim Tedisco today at the state Capitol presented the New York State Senate Liberty Medal to three Scotia-Glenville Middle School students.

The 14-year-olds, Ava Horton, Meka Boncie-Machin and Emily St. John, helped rescue a mother and son from a near-drowning on the southeastern end of Collins Lake in April.

“Superheroes are all the rage in our popular culture. However, real heroes don’t wear capes or walk on walls, they’re ordinary citizens who do extraordinary things to help their fellow citizens and that’s exactly what these three young people... did when they responded to two distraught people and helped save them from drowning," said Senator Tedisco. "They are truly deserving of the NYS Senate Liberty Medal, the Senate’s highest honor for their selfless acts of heroism. Ava, Meka and Emily are the real superheroes of the 49th Senate District who truly saved the day for two people in need."

Read about the rescue in our April story: Teens recount Tuesday rescue at Scotia’s Collins Lake; Praised for assistance

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