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Quite a 'knight' for Woodbury EMTs, police

Shannon O'Brien, a Twin Cities woman who serves as the East Wind Princess on the St. Paul Winter Carnival royal court, hugs Woodbury police officer/paramedic Lynn Lawrence. Lawrence was one of 11 rescue workers who helped free O'Brien from a mangled car after it crashed on I-494 in 2012. Staff photo by Mike Longaecker2 / 3
Woodbury public safety workers who helped free an injured woman from a car wreck are "knighted" during a ceremony led by members of the St. Paul Winter Carnival Royal Family. Staff photo by Mike Longaecker3 / 3

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.

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.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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