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Mercer-Fraser Workers Post Sign Supporting Toddler Who Nearly Drowned Last Month in Shasta Lake


Photo by Rex Bohn.

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Employees of the Mercer-Fraser Company are showing their support for the family of a three-year old girl who nearly drowned in Shasta Lake last month by posting a message of love on the hopper that holds Humboldt Bay’s harbor dredge. The workers surprised the girl’s father, Mark Benzinger, a project manager at Mercer-Fraser, by commissioning the sign and sending him a photo.

“I just think it’s cool that a bunch of construction guys did this for their coworker,” said First District Supervisor Rex Bohn, who sent the above photo to the Outpost

The girl remains a patient at UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento. She and her family, who live in Kneeland, were vacationing with friends on a houseboat the night of Sept. 23, when she went missing. After a frantic search, Mark Benzinger somehow managed to dive into 70 feet of water and pull the missing child to the surface, according to a press release from the Shasta County Sheriff’s Office. 

“The little gal’s making progress,” Bohn said this morning, though he added that she’s “not out of the woods.”


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