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Quite a 'knight' for Woodbury EMTs, police

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Woodbury rescue workers probably didn’t envision a royal thank-you after freeing an injured woman from a crash in 2012, yet that’s exactly what they got Tuesday during a special ceremony at the Woodbury Public Safety Building.

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Shannon O’Brien, the woman rescued from the Interstate 494 crash, brought along a few of her friends to express her gratitude from the experience. O’Brien, who was severely injured in the crash, serves as the East Wind Princess on the St. Paul Winter Carnival Royal Family.

“You gave me the hope that I might live when I literally thought I was dying,” O’Brien, a Hudson native living in St. Louis Park, Minn., told a gathering of public safety workers at the ceremony. “Thank you for everything you’ve done. I’ll never forget how you helped me.”

Eleven Woodbury Public Safety members who responded to the crash were “knighted” during the ceremony by Ted Natus, executing his role as King Boreas of the Royal Family.

“Usually a simple ‘thank you’ does it for us,” Woodbury Fire Chief Todd Johnson told O’Brien, “but this is something.”

See the Jan. 15 Woodbury Bulletin for more from the event.

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Michael Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. His coverage includes local crime, legislative activity and prep sports. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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