By RODNEY D. BOAM
Former Preston residents Alexis and Michael Vaughan were among 21 people who received the Carnegie Hero Medal announced this month by the organization. The father/daughter duo was honored for rescuing Sue Panter from a rural Franklin County wild deer attack. The attack happened on Sept. 30, 2011, while Panter was jogging along 1600 East for her daily exercise near “Little Mountain.” She was attacked by a three-point buck deer which dug its antlers into her legs. During the struggle with the deer, Panter was gored several times then dragged from the road down into a nearby cornfield while holding onto the deer’s antlers.
Just about the time she was about to give in to exhaustion, the Vaughans happened by. Alexis, 17, a Preston High School student who was driving an SUV, threw it in to park and ran to help with her father Michael, following close behind her. They made sure Panter was free before letting the deer go back into the cornfield. Both Panter and Michael sustained non-life threatening puncture wounds from the deer attack. Alexis was unscathed from the incident.
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