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Lake Hallie man honored after saving 3-year old from drowning


Lake Hallie (WQOW) - A local man is honored Saturday for his heroic actions; actions that helped save the life a three year-old boy who nearly drowned in the Chippewa River.

"Everything's perfectly fine with him, he's 100 percent, and that made me feel just great," said Jesse Morley, who helped rescue Logan.

Logan Buchli isn't afraid to step out on the docks of the Lake Hallie Sportsman's Club, the same place where he nearly lost his life back in June. The three year-old was in a van that day which rolled back into the Chippewa River, with Logan still inside.

"I grabbed the life vest, and I broke all the glass out of the window, I dove in, and pretty much I just started feeling around. And on my first try, I don't know how I did it, but on my way out, I felt his arm or his leg," explained Morley.

Logan's father Trevor is partially handicapped and couldn't swim out to help. Working behind the bar at the Lake Hallie Sportsman's Club at the time, Jesse Morley didn't hesitate to take action.

"I just pulled him close, backed out of the window slowly, and I swam to shore and handed him up to everybody else that was there ready to do CPR," Morley said.

Morley was honored Saturday afternoon with a plaque from the Lake Hallie Sportman's Club for helping save Logan's life.

"If it wasn't for Jesse and everybody's help, we wouldn't have been able to get him ourselves. Without them, Logan wouldn't be here today," said Trevor Buchli, Logan's father.

After being put in a medically induced coma, Logan spent the next few days in the hospital. But he was a resilient fighter, and after less then a week in the hospital was able to return home and back to life as a three year-old. 

"He is outdoorsy, doesn't seem to be afraid of the water. We did go to Riverview a couple times this summer and he did swim a little bit but he doesn't go underwater like he used to," Trevor added.

Seeing Logan walk the docks, it gives both Logan's father and Jesse the happy ending to a scary situation they'll never forget.

"He seems to be ok. He's a pretty spunky little guy," said Trevor Buchli.

After receiving his plaque, Jesse kept on giving back to the Buchli's by presenting Logan with a savings bond.

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