Arthur Jerry Bentley, 15, schoolboy, saved Brenda Hall, 17, from drowning, Garrison, Kentucky, July 5, 1965. When the rowboat in which they were riding was swamped 50 feet from the bank of Kinniconick creek, Miss Hall and Miss Sandra L. Hardin fell into water 10 feet deep and, unable to swim, flailed wildly. Jerry, David W. Chaffin, and William Joseph Bentley were in the water near by. Jerry swam to Miss Hall, who threw her arms around his neck and caused them to be submerged briefly. Keeping his head above water with effort, Jerry swam toward the bank with Miss Hall clinging to him. Chaffin swam to Miss Hardin, who also grasped him around the neck. She then tried to climb onto him, causing him to be submerged. Miss Hardin flailed and kicked, her legs striking Chaffin under water. He surfaced, obtained a hold on her from behind, and towed her to within 30 feet of the bank. Miss Hardin then again tried to climb onto Chaffin. William reached them as they were submerged together. Chaffin broke away from Miss Hardin and surfaced, gasping for breath. Miss Hardin, flailing, rose in front of William. She grasped him and tried to climb onto him, causing them to be submerged twice. Under water Miss Hardin clung tightly to William. He managed to get his head above the surface and gasped for air. Chaffin, having regained his breath, grasped Miss Hardin by the hair and began towing her toward the bank. By then she was inert. Jerry, after reaching the bank with Miss Hall, swam to William and assisted him. Jerry then aided Chaffin to the bank with Miss Hardin who was revived.
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