Arnold M. Gatz died attempting to save Chester A. Bender from drowning Thiensville, Wisconsin, June 6, 1933. While floating on his back in the Milwaukee River, Bender, 20, drifted over a dam over which two feet of water dropped two feet to the lower pool. He was repeatedly submerged in turbulent water six to eight feet deep. From the farther bank Gatz, 25, student, swam in the upper pool parallel to the crest for 60 feet, turned and swam and drifted 30 feet to the dam, and let himself drop feet first over the dam. He got footing on horizontal timbers that were less than a foot apart and protruded six feet from the face of the dam and stood in turbulent water almost to his waist. He walked five feet on the timbers toward Bender and then dropped head foremost into the turbulent water. Bender and Gatz after being repeatedly submerged sank and drowned.
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