Bernard Ivar Kolsto, 13, schoolboy, saved Birger A. Kleppe, 24, farmer, from drowning, West Amana, Iowa, July 13, 1930. While wading in the Iowa River, Kleppe stepped into water 12 feet deep and was carried away by a current. Bernard, who was much smaller than Kleppe and was a poor swimmer, waded a few feet from the bank and swam 45 feet to Kleppe, who was then 60 feet from the bank. As Bernard took hold of Kleppe to aid him, Kleppe grabbed him. A struggle, in which they were twice briefly submerged, followed. Kleppe then released Bernard, and Bernard held Kleppe’s legs between his and swam to wadable water. Kleppe was unconscious but was revived.
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