A Dalton woman was honored on Tuesday for her life-saving effort last Labor Day that saved a young man who nearly drowned in Carter’s Lake. Misty Lopez was recognized by the US Army Corps of Engineers with the Commander’s Award For Public Service.
On Labor Day 2015, a 21 year old male swimming at the public beach at Carter’s Lake began to drown. When he was pulled to safety on the beach, he was not breathing and did not have a pulse. Ms. Lopez, who was at the recreation area to celebrate Labor Day, was one of the first people to respond and began to perform CPR on the victim. Through her efforts, the man started to breathe again and regained a weak pulse. Rangers responded to the scene and took over. The victim was transported to a hospital and eventually made a full recovery.
Lopez was honored at Tuesday morning’s meeting of the Dalton Public Safety Commission. Colonel Donald Walker, the Deputy Division Commander of the Army Corps of Engineers’ South Atlantic Division, presented Lopez with the Commander’s Award. He also presented the Commander’s Award For Civilian Service to Park Ranger Javier Perez-Ortiz, one of the rangers who responded to the scene. Park Rangers Brandon Cass and Mike Tedder had also been honored with the same award previously for their roles in the rescue.
Below: Misty Lopez receivers her award from Colonel Donald Walker