Reno 1868 FC honors rescuers

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- At an emotional ceremony at Saturday night’s soccer match against the Portland Timbers 2, Reno 1868 FC recognized the people who helped one of its players, who had nearly drowned.

Matheus Silva poses for a picture with a few of the people that helped save his life. Photo by Pete Francis/KOLO.

Matheus Silva came onto the field to personally thank the first responders and the bystanders, who were there on the Fourth of July and performed life-saving measures.

During halftime of the match, Reno 1868 honored the first responders and the bystanders, who helped pull Silva out of Lake Tahoe.

This is after the team and fans received the shocking news July 4, 2017, that Silva nearly drowned and had to be pulled from the water and given CPR. He was then taken to a hospital.

The 20-year-old was in the ICU for a few days, before he was able to breathe on his own and communicate.

One of the people who helped save Silva initially wasn't planning to attend Saturday's ceremony.

"I was a little reluctant at first because I didn't want to brag about it that it happened. I wanted to stay humble as possible about it. I didn't want to be made out a hero because I was one of many," said Alexander Estrada, who helped save Silva.

Estrada said it was an honor to meet Silva.

The team also showed a video tribute of people who helped get Silva out of the water, but weren't able to make it to the ceremony.

The team did release a statement thanking the people who helped in the precious seconds and minutes for their quick response to help save Silva's life.

Reno 1868 says Silva is recovering after the accident, but has made tremendous progress.