PORT CLINTON, OHIO — An Ohio Air National Guard member has been recognized for saving a tourist who fell into the water and was nearly sucked into the propulsion turbines beneath a ferry.
Air National Guard Technical Sgt. Daryl Walters was given the Ohio Distinguished Service Medal on Sunday at Camp Perry near Port Clinton.
Walters, with 15 years of service in the Ohio Air National Guard, was working a job with the Jet Express ferry on Sept. 2, 2013, when the intoxicated woman fell between the ferry and the dock.
The woman fell near the ferry’s propulsion turbines and began screaming for help. Walters yelled for the ship’s captain to cut the engines as he dived in to help. He and some others were able to get the woman safely out of the water.