Tacoma police award Medal of Courage

The Tacoma Police Department awarded the Medal of Courage to a citizen for his bravery in saving a drowning girl.

Police Chief Donald Ramsdell made the presentation to Noah McDonald, saying his heroism went beyond what was expected of a citizen.

On July 6, the police received a report of a possible drowning. Witnesses said a girl was struggling to make it to shore and had no flotation device and couldn’t stay above the water.

Another female went in the water but could not help the girl. Then McDonald jumped in.

A witness said he was a strong swimmer who brought the panicking, struggling girl to shore. Brianna Gutierrez said she had jumped in but cold water caused her legs to stop working. She believes McDonald saved her life.