Thomas McAurthur, an aviation survival technician in the Coast Guard and GAC alum, was doing some off-duty training at Frankfort Beach in Lake Michigan, when he noticed a strong undertow.
McAurthur's instincts must have kicked in: He ended up rescuing 12 people from the water in the course of one hour, according to a release from the school. Children, teens and adults were among those brought to safety by the young man.
The alumnus recently received a Silver Lifesaving Medal from the Coast Guard for this heroic effort.
He is currently stationed in Traverse City, MI.