Clarence E. Lawson, Sr., died saving David S. Reiner from drowning, Unionvale, Ohio, July 5, 1971. At a water-filled pit, David, 4, got into difficulty in water seven to eight feet deep 15 feet from the bank, where he called for help as he rose and sank intermittently. Although he was a poor swimmer, Lawson, 51, state park employee, entered the pit and swam to David. The boy threw his arms around Lawson’s neck; and both went under. David still was clutching Lawson when they appeared at the surface. After thrusting David to others who had waded into the water to near them, Lawson sank and drowned.
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