A South Lake Tahoe Woman Honored For Her Life Saving Efforts

A South Lake Tahoe woman has been honored by the El Dorado County Sheriff’s office for her efforts to rescue a couple after a plane crash in the Tahoe National Forest.

Sheriff John D’Agostini presented Beth Frisby with the Citizen of the Year Award on Friday at the 2013 Sheriff’s Office awards
ceremony at the American Legion Hall.

Frisby, a flight nurse for Calstar, was off duty and walking her dog on July 22, 2013, when she stumbled upon a small plane crash about a mile east of the South Lake Tahoe airport. The plane was upside down and two people were pinned inside. The crash had only occurred minutes before Frisby’s arrival.

Frisby ran to the plane and cut the engine after noticing the 1963 Mooney was leaking fuel. She then turned her attention to 67-year-old Karen Lefton who was on the passenger’s side of the plane and was alert. Her husband and the pilot, 67-year-old Steven Lefton, was killed on impact.

Frisby contacted her husband, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Deputy Damian Frisby. The iPhone used for the call was used to pinpoint the exact location of the crash.

While emergency responders arrived at the scene, Frisby stayed with Lefton and comforted her and told her exactly what to expect. Lefton was cut from the wreckage and flown to Renown Hospital in Reno, where she recovered.

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