Friends Remembered: Graham W. Fath

friends remembered
Graham W. Fath

Graham W. Fath, 16, of Schaumburg, Ill., died Sunday, March 11, 2018. He, with his brother and two friends, was awarded the Carnegie Medal for, at the age 11, for saving a 45-year-old father and his 10-year-old son from downing in the Vermilion River near Oglesby, Ill. The father and son were rafting on the river, when the raft became caught in a rolling boil at the base of a low-head dam. Despite seeing the danger, the boys maneuvered their raft to the dam and took the boy from the father, when their raft also became stuck. Others assisted the boys away from the boil. Graham was a member of the Conant High School band and French club. He participated in a local police explorer program and is survived by his parents, Holly and Dennis Fath; and two older brothers.