Charles L. Merkel, Sr., died saving Martha T. Smeak from drowning, Glencoe, Pennsylvania, August 13, 1984. Mrs. Smeak, 40, was swept away by flash-flood waters of Wills Creek. Merkel, 37, laborer, entered the flooded area and supported Mrs. Smeak as they were carried away by a raging current. Separated from Merkel, Mrs. Smeak was washed onto the porch of a nearby house, from which she was later removed. Merkel was carried a farther distance before he submerged and drowned.
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