Girl honoured for quick action that saved stepfather
A Thunder Bay youth has been recognized for helping to save her stepfather’s life.
Twelve-year-old Makenna Borgo has received a commendation from city police Chief JP Levesque for her actions last Christmas when her stepdad, David Boone, was involved in a snowmobile collision.
Police spokesman Chris Adams said Wednesday that Makenna received a commendation letter from the chief for her actions on Dec. 25.
“She was snowmobiling with her 47-year-old stepfather near Hazlewood Drive, when he collided with a wall in a storage lot. She went and called for help,” Adams said.
Boone, who suffered a brain injury in the collision, told The Chronicle-Journal that his step-daughter’s actions helped save his life.
“I was following Makenna who was driving another snowmobile when I hit something under the snow. It ejected me and threw me into a mobile trailer,” he said.
“Makenna turned around and ran back to see how I was, and then ran down a rock-covered hill to tell her mother that I was in an accident. She then came back to be with me (until help arrived),” he said.
Boone said the investigating police officer told him that people who suffer this kind of injury rarely survive.
“Makenna’s quick action to get her mom saved my life,” said Boone, who was a truck driver before the accident, but now survives on a $1,000 per month disability pension.
“I was in hospital at least a month, and still go for neuro-rehab sessions,” he said.
Makenna received her letter of commendation last week and has had the certificate framed.
A shy Makenna said Wednesday that she is “happy” to receive the recognition.
“It feels pretty good,” she said, adding that at the time of the collision “it was pretty scary.”