Biddeford Woman Honored for Rescuing Elderly Woman

Updated 2 years ago

A 32-year-old Biddeford woman is among 11 people who’ve been honored by the Portland City Council for saving an elderly woman from drowning. Katie Nelson was one of six civilians, two police officers and three firefighters who rescued 84-year-old Ursula Nixon, who drove her car into Portland Harbor on Sept. 28. The Portland Press Herald reports, that Mayor Michael Brennan Monday singled out Nelson for pulling Nixon from her sinking car and Lt. Robert Slaving of the Portland Fire Department for swimming to shore with Nixon. Nelson was dining with a friend when she heard a crash. She ran down the street and jumped into the harbor to reach the partially submerged car. Nixon’s niece, Catherine Shorr of Portland says Nixon is recovering from injuries suffered in the accident.


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