By Senators Snyder and Rasmussen


    WHEREAS,  It is the tradition of the Washington State Senate to recognize courage and heroic acts of bravery by outstanding Washington residents; and


    WHEREAS, Fifteen-year-old Bill Keeler of Lebam saved the life of 61-year-old Fred Huber of Frances, on June 5, 2000; and


    WHEREAS, Huber was attacked by a bull while trying to get his cows out of the road and back into the field early in the morning; and


    WHEREAS, Keeler was on a school bus when he saw the bull knock down Huber, then throw Huber six feet into the air; and


    WHEREAS,  Disregarding the risk to his own safety, Keeler got off the bus, grabbed a garden hose, and started swinging it and yelling at the bull; and 


    WHEREAS, After hitting the bull on the back and the face with the hose, Keeler stepped in between Huber and the bull and continued to shout until the bull retreated to the field; and


    WHEREAS, The bus driver radioed for help, and Keeler waited with Huber until the ambulance arrived;


    WHEREAS, Keeler showed quick thinking, courage and immense bravery by running to Huber=s aid;


    WHEREAS, Though Huber suffered five broken ribs, a punctured right lung and a broken collar bone, he recovered and survived because of Keeler's intervention;


    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the Washington State Senate does hereby recognize Bill Keeler=s act of heroism; and


    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be immediately transmitted by the Secretary of the Senate to Bill Keeler.


I, Tony M. Cook, Secretary of the Senate,

do hereby certify that this is a true and

correct copy of Senate Resolution 8641,

adopted by the Senate April 18, 2001.





Secretary of the Senate