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Botelho praises 4 for Aurora Harbor rescue

Posted: September 17, 2012 - 9:43pm  |  Updated: September 18, 2012 - 12:06am

Mayor Bruce Botelho used the City and Borough of Juneau Assembly meeting Monday evening as a venue to commend four Good Samaritans who rescued a 63-year-old man from drowning at Aurora Harbor last month.

Juneau residents Jerry Burns, John Feller, and Bert and Crystal Fawcett responded to pull Bruce Denton, also of Juneau, out of the water Aug. 27 before Capital City Fire/Rescue arrived on the scene. Denton had struck his head and fallen into the water while rowing into harbor.

Botelho called the four citizens’ response “acts of heroism.”

“I commend you for all your quick thinking and actions, which saved a life,” Botelho said.

Denton was also present at the meeting to thank his rescuers and urge attendees to take classes in cardiopulmonary resuscitation, which was administered to him before CCFR arrived.

“These guys saved my life,” Denton said, adding, “They’re going to be special to me forever.”

Due to a spelling error on one of the certificates Botelho said had been made for the Good Samaritans, Botelho said, they will be given to them at a later date.

The Fawcetts are moving to Anchorage this month, but the mayor said the city will find a way to get their certificates to them regardless.

The Assembly also considered an ordinance requiring that rental garbage cans be labeled with the renter’s address.

Assemblymember Ruth Danner asked who would be responsible for labeling the cans.

“The renter’s responsible for labeling the can, and not the can itself, because they don’t own the can,” replied City Manager Kim Kiefer. “But what Arrow (Refuse) recommends is putting something like a luggage tag on the can so there is an address there.”

On a motion from Botelho, the effective date of the ordinance was changed to be 60 days from its adoption. The Assembly subsequently adopted the ordinance.

The Assembly also signed off on Docks and Harbors’ plan to increase potable water fees at the Cruise Terminal and Alaska Steamship berths from $3.35 per 1,000 gallons to $4.67 per 1,000 gallons, the first such increase in more than seven years.

Monday’s meeting was the last Assembly meeting scheduled before the Oct. 2 municipal election. However, its Oct. 8 scheduled meeting is between the date of the election and the date results are expected to be certified.

Tentatively, new members of the Assembly are set to be sworn in at a special meeting Oct. 15.

Botelho and Deputy Mayor David G. Stone are termed out and will not be part of the 2012-13 Assembly, nor will Danner, who declined to seek reelection.

• Contact reporter Mark D. Miller at 523-2279 or at mark.d.miller@juneauempire.com.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story misstated Bert Fawcett's name. 

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