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Red Wing’s Sydney Book poses with her American Red Cross Youth Good Samaritan Hero Award, which she received last week at an event in Minneapolis. Book helped comfort a motorcyclist injured in crash last October before paramedics arrived. (Republican Eagle photo by Michael Brun)

She applied what she knew; he lived

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On a weeknight last October, 15-year-old Sydney Book and her mother, Wendy Book, were driving back from a Hastings volleyball game to their home in Red Wing.


As they traveled with a pack of vehicles on Highway 316, a white car pulled out into the opposite lane and speed up to pass them. Just then, the single headlight of a motorcycle crested the hill ahead.

“I said to Sydney, ‘Oh my God, he’s going to hit him,” Wendy Book said, recalling the events that transpired.

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Michael Brun
Michael Brun is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-River Falls journalism program. He has worked for the Republican Eagle since March 2013, covering county government, health and local events. 
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