Honoring a true HERO


SCWEMS director, Bill Dahlke, gives Dakota Swimley a firm handshake at the SES assembly meant to honor the third-grade student. Dakota was honored for calling 911 after his mom, Kayci, far left, was injured in a car accident. Principal Dave Rangitsch looks on from the podium.

After dialing 911 to help his injured mother, Saratoga third-grader Dakota Swimley was honored as a HERO (Helped with Emergency Rescue Operation) last Wednesday at the Saratoga Elementary School gymnasium. SES Principal Dave Rangistch and school counselor Ron Hoopes sponsored the assembly.

On July 27, Dakota and his family were in a car wreck on their way to Casper. His mother, Kayci, was ejected from the car and unconscious on the pavement. Dakota, with many scrapes and bruises, unbuckled himself and tried to unbuckle his brother and cousins, but the car seats were stuck.

Dakota later foun...

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