Great Lakes Shipmate of the Week: Zoran Pedisic, Lake Superior Warehousing Company

Coast Guard awards Silver Lifesaving Medal for heroic rescue in Duluth Harbor in 2013

The Silver Lifesaving Medal was created by congress in 1874 and is awarded to people who endanger their own lives while saving or attempting to save another from drowning, a shipwreck or other perils of the water.

Zoran Pedisic risked his live to save a man from cold waters and earned the Silver Lifesaving Medal.

Pedisic saved 90-year-old Bill Schowalter from drowning in the near-freezing waters in Duluth Harbor on the morning of November 1, 2013.

Schowalter intentionally jumped into the water at the Arthur M. Clure Terminal, Berth 1 in a suicide attempt.

Pedisic, an employee of the Lake Superior Warehousing Company, notified his supervisor and then dove into the 41-degree water to assist Schowalter.

Pedisic pulled Schowalter to the surface and swam with him to a pier pile where he held him above water until help arrived.

Steve Tuura, Jarrad Christianson and Tim Rogers, also employees at the Lake Superior Warehousing Company, assisted with removing Schowalter from the water.

Pedisic remained in the water with Schowalter despite suffering from the onset of exhaustion and hypothermia.

Captain Steve Teschendorf, commander of Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, presented Pedisic with the Silver Lifesaving Medal in a ceremony held at the Clure Public Marine Terminal in Duluth, Minnesota, July 10, 2015.

The Coast Guard is the ultimate award authority for the Silver Lifesaving Medal and can award the decorations to members of all military branches as well as civilians.

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