Man honored with program at Warrior City Hall

WARRIOR, AL (WBRC) – A man who was awarded with the Carnegie Hero Award was honored at Warrior City Hall on Wednesday.

Derek Creel tried to save a father and son from drowning in the Black Warrior River on March 27th of 2009 after witnessing their canoe capsize. Creel, who was 19 at the time, saved the boy and attempted to comfort him during the traumatic incident. He was not able to rescue the father, as a strong current from flood waters kept him from being able to carry both father and son while swimming.

At the program in his honor, Creel was presented with a framed copy of a tribute to his act of courage by Congressman Spencer Bachus that appeared in the Congressional Record.

"The word 'hero' is too often overused in our society, but it applies perfectly to Derek Creel.  He demonstrated both physical and spiritual strength in saving the life of a frightened child," Bachus said.