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Aurora cops, Schaumburg teens honored for river rescue

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

On Tuesday, a group of teens and two police officers were honored for their bravery during a water rescue.

Back in June, Niles Police Commander James Elenz and his son were rafting on the Vermillion River when they got stuck at the dam in Oglesby. Four teens, who were also rafting, spotted the two and came to their rescue.

Commander Elenz was able to reach the shore, however, the teens ended up getting stuck with Ellenz's son.

Aurora Police Sergeants Dan Eppard and Rick Ahlgren were kayaking that day and saw the boys. The officers threw them a line of rope and pulled them to safety.

"The timing was absolutely impeccable when you guys came, you got stuck and then you guys were right there with the rope. So the prayers that day on that raft were answered. Thank you very much," Commander James Elenz said to the boys.

This part of the river is no stranger to Sergeant Eppard. He rescued a woman from the same area back in 2009.

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