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Local men honored for saving father and son

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -- It was an emotional reunion between a father and son and the man they call their hero. Sixteen year old Isaac Thomson nearly lost his life on May 13th, while white water rafting with his dad in the Wolf River.

 "I don't know, I fell in the water and thought I was going to die and saw the faces of the people I knew," said Isaac Thomson, who was saved in the Wolf River.

Todd and Isaac Thomson said it's because of two brave men, Jamey Seavers and Michael Johnson, that they are alive today.

"It was the worst day of my life, and then it became the best day of my life," Todd Thomson.

Todd and Isaac said their rafting trip turned tragic when they were ejected from their boat at Old Smokey Falls.

It was at that moment, Todd said he thought he'd never see his son again.

"I had no belief that I could get my son back alive," said Todd Thomson.

"I started thinking there was no possible way I could have survived that on my own," said Isaac Thomson.

Isacc had already been underwater for at least three minutes, when they said a miracle happened.

"I blacked out and I opened my eyes and there was my dad and Jamey and stuff," said Isaac.

Seavers and Johnson came to their rescue and pulled the Thomson's to safety, reviving Isaac with CPR.

"I was going to do everything I could, you know, if that was me in the water I sure hope somebody would have helped me," said Seavers.

"All of the sudden, his eyes open, and it was as if none of this had ever happened," said Todd Thomson.

And although the Thomson's said the two are heroes, Seavers said he was just reacting the way anyone else would have.

"I think if anybody in that situation, sitting next to his father, I think anybody would have done the same thing," said Seavers.

"I just want to say thanks to Jamey and Michael for what you guys did. It changed my life, it gave me my son back," said Todd Thomson.

"It kind of reminds you of just how fragile life is and stuff," said Isaac Thomson.

Online Reporter: Courtney Fasano

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