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CARNEGIE COMMISSION WILL HONOR UTAHN WHO RESCUED DANGLING SKIER

Five-year-old Angela Bailey was enjoying racing down a bunny hill at Nordic Valley ski resort Jan. 29, 1990, but unfortunately slipped off the lift chair on one of her trips up the mountain.

Dangling from the grasp of her mother who was sitting next to her but was unable to pull her back up by herself, Angela stared helplessly at the hard-packed snow surface some 30 feet below.Good thing, however, that then 18-year-old Shawn L. Durrant, Harrisville, one of the lift's operators, was on duty and heard the mother scream for help.

After instructing another operator to advance the chair to the nearest support tower, Durrant scaled the 40-foot tower, walked atop its narrow, unprotected cross beam to the point at which the lift's cable was secured.

As Angela's chair was only a few feet away from the tower, Durrant crouched and leapt from the beam to grasp the cable, a few feet below, on which the chair was suspended.

Hanging from the cable, Durrant moved hand-over-hand to the chair connection, wrapped his legs around it and eased himself into the chair beside Angela's mother. Together they then pulled the child back into the seat and rode, uninjured, to safety.

Consequently, Durrant has become one of 93 heroes - from across the United States and Canada - mentioned in the 1991 Carnegie Hero Fund Commission's annual report.

Honoring those "who risked their lives to an extraordinary degree to save others," the commission is a private operating foundation established in 1904 by Andrew Carnegie to cite persons in peaceful vocations who perform heroic acts and to provide monetary assistance to those who suffer financial losses as the result of such endeavors.