AMERICAN FORK A Utah man is one of three men selected and spotlighted in this month's "Heroes" section of Reader's Digest.
In late September 2006, Marc Ellison of American Fork was involved in the rescue of then 3-year-old Paulina Filippova, who had stepped off the trail near Timpanogos Cave National Monument and toppled close to 75 feet before nearly going off another drop-off.
Ellison, and Mickey Horak, of Corpus Christi, Texas, were able to climb down to Filippova and brace her until the proper medical attention could reach them.
The third man honored in the article is the late Vitaly Tsikoza, a family friend of Filippova, who fell to his death while attempting to save the young girl.
Filippova escaped with only a mild concussion and a few cuts and bruises. Ellison, Horak and Tsikoza all received Carnegie Hero Medals this past year because of their courage.
Reader's Digest continually honors ordinary Americans who perform extraordinary acts at great personal risk or sacrifice, through its "Heroes" section of the magazine. The story will be featured in the March issue, available now in newsstands.