Magnolia resident Todd DeGreen was honored recently by the American Red Cross. DeGreen is an outdoor enthusiast who has always been serious about being trained and prepared.
Last August, DeGreen led a couple of friends to the top of Mt. Rainier. On the way down they spotted abandoned climbing gear and heard a faint whistle. They discovered Hunter Ferguson and his friend in a deep crevasse. They had fallen in after a snow bridge collapsed. The men had been hanging there for several hours and were wet, cold and exhausted.
With assistance from his friends, DeGreen constructed a complex pulley system and after a number of attempts, he was able to pull out the trapped climbers one-by-one from the crevasse and saved both of their lives.
DeGreen was one of ten heroes honored by the Red Cross this year.