Bruce Dobbs saved a man from drowning, Arlington, Virginia, December 22, 1987. A 20-year-old man sat dazed inside his car after it left a highway and entered the Potomac River. Dobbs, 46, office manager, was jogging on the river bank and saw the accident. Despite the frigid temperature of the water, Dobbs waded and swam about 55 feet to the car, which was beginning to submerge. After unsuccessfully attempting to open its passenger door, Dobbs pried open, then broke out, a rear window. As the car continued to sink, Dobbs reached inside, grasped the man, and pulled him over the front seat. He then pulled the man through the window as the car submerged. Dobbs, who was beginning to develop cramps, and the man then swam to the bank. The man required hospital treatment, and Dobbs, who was cold and nearly exhausted, recovered from minor bruises.
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