Ashdown man receives award for life-saving efforts

    An Ashdown man has been awarded for saving a woman’s life in April of 2021.

    35-year-old Dustin Wayne Roach was awarded the Carnegie Medal after he rescued a woman whose car plunged into Wright Patman Lake. 

    Lucia Mendoza, age 29, was battling the spillway current after exiting her submerged vehicle but was continually dragged under water. 

    Roach was fishing nearby and, upon seeing Mendoza’s plight, dove into the water and swam out 50 feet to her.  Once he had hold of her, he started back toward the bank, but began to ingest water himself. 

    Onlookers were able to throw out a line which Roach secured around his waist before swimming the rest of the way with Mendoza.

    Roach, who works construction, was given the award by the Carnegie Hero Fun Commission.  The award is given to people throughout North America who risk their lives saving others.

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