Merrill teen honored by police for helping man stranded outside

Published: Mar. 4, 2019 at 3:35 PM CST
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A 13-year-old boy from Merrill is being recognized by law enforcement for his role in saving a man's life on his walk to school. He says he doesn't feel like a hero, he was just doing what was right.

The Merrill Police Department honored Michael Dickman with the citizen public service award.

“This child had indirectly saved this gentleman's life and we felt it necessary to recognize him for the acts he was involved in,” said Merrill officer, Tyler Tesch.

When Michael was walking to school on Feb. 21, he came across a man, stuck in the snow for two hours.

"There was this guy stuck in the snow by the back of a radio station,” Michael recalled.

He said he tried to help the victim get up, and he even tried to flag down people driving by.

"Nobody pulled over. A truck came by but he didn't help he just went around the storage sheds and he took off,” Michael said.

Michael called the police and stayed with the victim until he was safe.

"Because of the weather conditions, the male ended up suffering from frostbite and was in the early stages of hypothermia and probably wouldn't have been discovered for an extended period of time,” Officer Tesch said.

Michael was surprised by his peers and police when they called him to the office.

"At first before they called my friends name, i thought they were in trouble, but when they called my name I thought I was in major trouble,” Michael said.

Michael was able to take a picture with Merrill Police and the man he helped rescue.

He says he wants his friends and family to take back how important it is to give back to the community especially when someone is in need.

"They should help other people no matter who they are.”

We had the privilege of recognizing 13 year old Michael Dickman this morning at Prairie River Middle School. On...

Posted by Merrill Police Department on Monday, March 4, 2019

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