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Judged A Hero: Carnegie commission honors Wilkes judge who died while trying to rescue swimmers caught in rip tide

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Posted: Saturday, July 5, 2014 11:00 pm

WILKESBORO — Jay Vannoy and a few friends planned Thursday to sneak in a quick nine holes, and if their timing was just right, hoist a drink as the evening gathered to toast a buddy who wouldn’t be there.

It was a year to the day that his friend — more like an older brother, really — Mitch McLean, the chief district court judge for Wilkes, Ashe, Alleghany and Yadkin County drowned at Sunset Beach while trying to save total strangers from a rip current.

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