Student Eric Rauch '16 Helps Rescue Man Trapped by Fallen Tree

July 15, 2013

CARVER, Ore.— Puget Sound student Eric Rauch ’16 and his cousin Lincoln Keesecker were quick to find a way to save a man’s life—using a knife and a beer bottle—when they encountered a bizarre accident on the Clackamas River over the weekend.

The story of the rescued stranger was related by KATU television news of Portland Ore. The two young men were on the banks of the Clackamas River when they came across a man trapped on a tree that had fallen across the water. He was half-strangled by a rope and passing out.

With rapid action in the desperate situation, his two young rescuers managed to free him and an ambulance arrived to rush the victim to hospital. The man, Lonnie Hamon, returned to the river the next day to meet the cousins and thank them.

Read about the story and watch a video interview here:

Rauch, whose family lives on a farm in Oregon, is a Logger basketball player and has interests in biology and medicine.

Photos on page: Top right: Clackamas River, by Gary Holvorson, Oregon State Archives; Left: Eric Rauch.

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