Dec 21, 2012 - By Alejandra Silva, Staff WriterRiverton police chief Mike Broadhead presented Taylor Murphy, 11, with a police chief special recognition citation Thursday for saving the life of a 6-year-old boy.
During the summer Taylor rescued the drowning boy after he accidentally slipped into a deep section of Boysen Reservoir while his family and friends were there to celebrate Labor Day.
"With no hesitation Taylor immediately jumped into the water and swam to the younger child," Broadhead said. "Taylor's selfless actions and personal risk to his own safety probably saved a life."
Broadhead described Taylor's actions as brave and Mayor Ron Warpness said it was "inspirational."
Broadhead said Taylor was unable to keep his own head above the water but managed to carry the boy toward shore. Adults then carried both to safety.
Taylor is the son of Riverton's administrative division captain Eric Murphy. He also received recognition from the Red Cross and his school.
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