Alaska man received U.S. Coast Guard's second-highest civilian honor for saving a girl from drowning

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Anchorage news, Alaska news.

An Alaskan man received the second-highest civilian honor from the US Coast Guard for saving a girl from drowning as children more than 20 years ago.

According to Anchorage Daily News, George Lambert received a silver medal at the rescue in Samar Saturday for saving Pamela Smith.

Lambert and Smith were part of a group swimming on a sandbank near Kotzebue in northwestern Alaska in 1998 at the age of 10.

Coast Guard Lt Cmdr. Jonathan Dale led a three-year campaign to honor Lambert.

The award was presented by Coast Guard Rear Admiral Matthew Bell Jr. at a ceremony.