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Plainfield Fire Protection District honors 2 rescuers for acts of bravery

The Plainfield Fire Protection District honored Scott Arya, a high school student, for his action to save three girls caught in a rip tide in the Gulf of Mexico this past summer.
The Plainfield Fire Protection District honored Scott Arya, a high school student, for his action to save three girls caught in a rip tide in the Gulf of Mexico this past summer.

The Plainfield Fire Protection District recently honored two residents for their brave acts at an annual event.

One of the residents was Scott Arya, a student at Plainfield North High School, who received the Youth Hero Award at the Illinois Fire Inspectors Association Fire Prevention Week Awards for his “act of bravery” this summer, according to a news release. Arya rescued three teen girls who were caught in a riptide in the Gulf of Mexico. He had just learned to use a jet ski when he noticed the girls were caught. He immediately rescued all three from the water.

The other resident, Makenzie Vargo, a Plainfield South High School graduate, received the Adult Hero Award for her lifesaving action during the DARE pool party at the Plainfield Park District’s Ottawa Street Pool. Vargo noticed a child in distress and immediately took action to help.

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