The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.
By: Gloria Snyder, Quill Staff
On June 2, 2005 Tristan Squier rescued his 3 year old brother Dalton, from drowning in a backyard pool at his aunt's house in Bushnell.
The 9 year old La Harpe fourth grader was honored in Bushnell by Mayor Steve Russell and the Bushnell City Council for his life saving rescue.
Squier also received a certificate from the Police Department, gift certificate from the Dairy Queen and a medal from the City Council.
The La Harpe American Legion Auxiliary learned of Tristan's heroic actions and arranged to have him attend the January 10, 2006 meeting so they could recognize him.
Those present to honor young Squier were La Harpe Mayor, Kenneth Brown, La Harpe American Legion Post 301 Commander Darryl Kraft, and the members of the American Legion Auxiliary who invited Tristan, his mother, Jo Angela Kiley and his brother Dalton.
First Mayor Kenneth Brown recognized Tristan for his brave action and courage. He also presented him with a plaque on behalf of the city.
Next American Legion Auxiliary President Arleen Gard spoke of Tristan's courage and good citizenship and for his selfless acts towards others on more than one occasion, and always looking out for the other person. She then presented him with a framed certificate of recognition for saving his brother's life on June 2, 2005.
Legion Post 301 Commander Darryl Kraft also presented Tristan with a medal depicting courage and bravery, which he placed around young Squier's neck. This was a proud moment for Jo Angela Kiley, Tristan's mom who has stated, "Tristan doesn't consider himslef a hero he just does what comes naturally to him and that is looking out for others, especially his younger brother."