Park City teen to be honored for saving boy from raging floodwaters

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A Park City teen will be honored next week for saving the life of a 12-year-old boy who was swept away in the Chisholm Creek during devastating flooding last month. 

Park City police said in a news release that 16-year-old Geoffrey Lopez will be presented with lifesaving awards in recognition of his bravery at a City Council meeting next Tuesday.

The rescue happened on the afternoon of Sunday, May 26. Police say 12-year-old Gunner Banta attempted to cross the low water bridge on his bicycle and was swept away by the strong current. 

Lopez saw it happen and yelled for other bystanders to call 911 for assistance. Virginia Allen reacted and made the call for help. 

Gunner was in the creek about 30 yards away from the bridge, hanging onto a tree limb to keep from being swept further downstream. That's when Lopez climbed out onto a branch and pulled Gunner to safety. 

Police, fire and EMS personnel arrived a short time later, and Gunner was treated for some minor injuries. 

Park City Mayor Ray Mann and Police Chief Phil Bostian will present Lopez with the awards on June 25.

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