Charles J. Radford, Jr., saved Charles L. Bratton from falling, San Francisco, California, October 3, 1967. At night Bratton, 32, mechanic, climbed over the guardrail on the Golden Gate Bridge and dropped five feet onto a girder platform six feet wide 266 feet above San Francisco Bay. Radford, 36, off-duty fireman, was crossing the bridge and learned of the situation. He climbed over the railing and lowered himself to the platform by means of a vertical cable. In the darkness he saw Bratton crouching at the outer edge of the platform, looking down. Radford, who outweighed Bratton, moved to him. They then were four feet from support of any kind. Standing within a foot of the open edge of the platform, Radford grasped Bratton from behind. He pulled Bratton backward to just below the guardrail. Radford then boosted Bratton upward to two men leaning over the railing. They drew him onto the deck of the bridge. After resting momentarily, Radford climbed back onto the bridge deck by means of the cable.
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