Police honor East Galesburg teen with Citizen Life Saving Award

Last month, a 2-year-old girl wandered away from her parents during a cookout in Lincoln Park. When the child fell into the park’s fishing pond, it was East Galesburg teen Dalton Sims who rescued her.

The Galesburg Police Department this morning presented Sims the Citizen Life Saving Award for his heroism.

After shaking hands with Chief David Christensen, the 13-year-old East Galesburg youth said he was fishing with his mom at Lincoln Park when he spotted the child walking precariously on the other end of the pond.

“I cast my line out and was looking around the pond and saw a little girl all by herself,” Sims said. “I was sitting there watching her just in case anything were to happen. I saw her left leg slip and I took off running. I got over there and threw my hat a phone off and jumped in and got her.”

Sims said being given the award was “just amazing.”

In addition to the honor, Capt. Chris Howard presented Sims with a new fishing pole.

Christensen said the last time the Citizen Life Saving Award was presented was seven or eight years ago.

He said in that scenario, a woman had a seizure while driving north on Linwood Road when her daughter took the wheel and called 911, earning the young girl the honor.

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