Brenda Posey helped to save Rene F. Jouvence from drowning, Hamilton, Ontario, February 7, 1993. Rene, 7, was stranded in the frigid waters of Lake Ontario after falling five feet from the top of a vertical ice ridge rimming the lake near its shore. Alerted to the situation from her home nearby, Ms. Posey, 31, silk-screen printer, ran to the scene, where she lay atop the ridge, reached over the edge for Rene, and grasped him. The ice beneath her gave way, and she fell head first into the lake. Ms. Posey maintained her hold of Rene until others arrived. Two men reached over the ridge, seized Rene, and pulled him out of the lake. Ms. Posey then stood on a ladder that had been lowered into the water; as she was too weak from the cold to climb it, men at the scene pulled the ladder from the lake, thereby removing her. Both Rene and Ms. Posey were hospitalized for treatment of hypothermia, and they recovered.
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