Hancock officers receive lifesaving awards

HANCOCK — Two Hancock Police Department officers were recognized Wednesday night.

Cpl. Jeremy Lassila and Officer Lundy Castro received the city’s Life Saving Awards for rescuing Wesley Byykkonen, who was trapped under a riding lawnmower in Quincy Township on Aug. 30.

Once the weight was lifted of him, Byykkonen was able to regain consciousness.

“When I met Wes, he was a little more banged up, had a few marks on him,” said Police Chief Wayne Butler. “He told me, ‘I want you to make sure that they get lifesaving awards.'”

Byykkonen was grateful to the officers. He said the biggest lifesaver award goes to Ann, his wife of 57 years.

She praised the officers for their quick response.

“When I made the 911 call, the operator said, ‘Stay with me. Don’t hang up until someone is there,'” she said. “Within five minutes, these guys were there, and it was just fabulous. They didn’t hesitate going down that hill, which was down 25 feet or more in a gully, all mine rock. They saved my husband’s life. You’re very fortunate to have officers like this.”