ELBURN – When 6-year-old Nathan Woessner was buried in a collapsed sand dune in Indiana on July 12, one of his rescuers was a 2009 Kaneland High School graduate, Alexandra Olson, formerly of Elburn.
Called the Mount Baldy Miracle, Michigan City firefighters moved some 400 tons of sand at the Indiana Dunes, ultimately saving the boy’s life.
The boy has recovered and is home from the hospital.
Olson, 22, who just graduated from Valparaiso University, was there on an internship with the Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore.
“She was one of the first people there, digging with her hands,” said her father, Steve Olson of Elburn. “I’m extremely proud. We couldn’t be more proud that she helped rescue a little kid. That is the way you want to raise your kids.”
For her part, Olson said she could not comment about her role in the rescue because of her position working with a federal agency.