7-Year-Old Hero

Pipestone Flyer

A seven-year-old boy continues to receive accolades for his heroism.

t the Nov. 24 City of Leduc council meeting, Brandon Irwin was presented with a Leduc Achievement Award for the actions that saved the life of four-year-old Danae Seely of Drayton Valley.

Brandon and Danae were spending the day with their families on the Pembina River July 3, 2013 when she fell into the rushing water.

Brandon was closest to Danae and didn’t hesitate to go into the water after her. He held her above the water so she could breathe while he was holding his breath, submerged until their families could reach them and pull them both to safety.

For his rescue efforts, Brandon was honoured by the Calmar Fire Dept., where his mom Ivanna serves as a firefighter. Last month, he was called to Government House where he received a Rescue Citation from the Life Saving Society.

“I was very honoured to have been able to attend that ceremony,” said Leduc Mayor Greg Krischke. “It was really something special.”

Brandon declined to comment when he shyly accepted the award from Krischke and Deputy Mayor Dave Mackenzie.

Pictured: Leduc Mayor Greg Krischke (left) and Deputy Mayor Dave Mackenzie presented seven-year-old Brandon Irwin with a Leduc Achievement Award. Photo by Christina Martens