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La Crosse Deputy Sheriff honored with Carnegie Medal

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - A La Crosse County Deputy Sheriff has earned national recognition for his bravery.

Deputy John Williams received the Carnegie Medal after putting his life on the line last June.

Williams rescued a drowning man form the Mississippi River at night, battling against the current.

The sheriff nominated Williams for the award.

Williams said he's one of only about 150 people from Wisconsin who received it.

"It's really special," he said. "Just being nominated, I thought that was a pretty special thing. To think 20 people on a commission who decides this year after year (thought) I was worthy of this is pretty incredible."

Williams found out last Monday that he won the award.

He has the certificate in hand now.

He'll receive his medal in two to three weeks.

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