Rachel Senft recognized for water rescue

Lauren Kaiser, Glenn Biller, Rachel Senft and Jessica Newlun with Lake Geneva officials. /Submitted photo

A Central High school student was recently recognized for her role in rescuing a participant at a Special Olympics swim meet.

On Feb. 28, Rachel Senft, a Wheatland resident and Central High School junior, was on duty as a lifeguard for the Special Olympics team held at Badger High School in Lake Geneva.  A participant had a heart attack while swimming. Senft, Lauren Kaiser, Glenn Biller, and Jessica Newlun all aided the patient to make a rescue. The victim was pulled out of the water by Kaiser. Senft and Biller administered CPR and assisted in AED to restart the victim’s heart. 911 was called and the Lake Geneva Fire and Rescue was able to transport the victim to hospital.

On May 11, the Lake Geneva Police Department recognized Senft, Biller, Kaiser and Newlun with the Civilian Gallantry Award for their lifesaving efforts.

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