Albert G. Szakacs, 16, school-boy, saved Samuel T. Baker, 5, Harold N. Baker, 18, insulation repairman, and John P. Baker, 15, school-boy, from drowning, Leavittsburg, Ohio, June 23, 1948. A rowboat in which Albert and the three Baker brothers, who could not swim, were riding on Eagle Creek capsized 15 feet from the bank in water eight feet deep and was thrust beyond their reach. Albert took hold of Samuel and swam to the bank. He then returned for Harold, who had been submerged three times. To avoid a prolonged struggle with Harold, who was much heavier than he, Albert stunned him by kicking him in the stomach and swam towing Harold to the bank. Then, although tired and nauseated, Albert swam 25 feet to John. Fearing that John also might get hold of him, Albert stunned John by striking him in the face and swam towing him 15 feet to the opposite bank. John later was revived. Samuel, Harold, and John suffered no ill effects, Albert was tired and nauseated but recovered.
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