A Gold Lifesaving Medal was posthumously awarded to Ross Barfuss at Aloha High School, Aloha Ore., Thursday.
Barfuss died at 16-years-old attempting to rescue a 12-year-old boy who was caught in heavy surf near Cutler City, Ore., March 8, 2008. The medal was presented to Barfuss' family by Rear Admiral John Currier, Commander of the 13th Coast Guard District.
The 12-year-old boy had been swept to sea when Barfuss put his own life in danger by attempting a rescue. Depoe Bay Fire and Rescue recovered the 12-year-old boy and transported him to the Lincoln City Hospital where he was declared dead. Barfuss went missing shortly after his rescue attempt.
Coast Guard crews from Station Depoe Bay, Ore., and Air Station North Bend, Ore. searched for Barfuss without any success.
Barfuss will be recognized for his unselfish and heroic actions despite imminent personal danger.