A hero’s welcome Oct. 12

Three Anna Maria Island cities, the town of Longboat Key, Islanders and The Islander will unite Wednesday, Oct. 12, to recognize six young men and women who saved their longtime friend from a life-threatening shark bite Sept. 24.

C.J. Wickersham’s heroes — Oceanna Beard, Connor Bystrom, Kiera Dunn, Max Gazzo, Katie Mattas and Lee White — will be honored at a ceremony by invitation of The Islander newspaper and Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger at Holmes Beach City Hall. Presentations will be made by Anna Mayor Mike Selby, Bradenton Beach Mayor Bob Bartelt, Longboat Key Mayor Jim Brown and Bohnenberger.

The public is welcome to attend the event. The doors of city hall will open at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation will take place at 6 p.m.

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