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Keweenaw County Deputy Honored for Saving Life

A Keweenaw County Sheriff’s deputy has been honored for rescuing a struggling canoeist earlier this summer.

At last night’s Keweenaw County Board of Commissioners meeting, Sheriff Curt Pennala presented a lifesaving award to Deputy Matt Eberly. 

In June, Eberly responded to a water rescue call in Eagle Harbor, where a canoe paddler was struggling after their canoe had sunk while attempting to return to shore in rough waters.

With help from observers at the Eagle Harbor lighthouse, Eberly was able to locate the canoeist, and bring them to shore in the sheriff’s department rescue boat for medical attention. 

In other business from last night’s meeting, commissioners accepted a new labor contract with sheriff’s deputies. Mike Bach, the new Director of Copper Country Mental Health, gave a presentation about his organization’s services. Commissioner Del Rajala was authorized to begin discussions with Allouez Township about the purchase of the Rescue Garage in Mohawk. 

Commissioners also decided to ask for quotes to replace nine computers and a copier at the courthouse. The current computers are five years old.

Chairman Don Piche will discuss a broken dry hydrant near the courthouse with Houghton Township. It is suspected the intake for the hydrant located in a nearby pond is clogged, and there are issues with weeds growing nearby the hydrant itself.

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