Claude Ray Williams died attempting to save Joseph G. Williams from drowning, San Marcos, Texas, January 1, 1984. Crossing an ice-covered pond to help his hunting dog that had broken through the ice, Joseph, 26, plunged through the ice into the frigid water. Claude, 18, high school student, heard Joseph’s cries for help and ran about 50 feet onto the ice to give assistance, but he too broke through. After struggling to climb atop firm ice, Joseph and then Claude submerged and did not reappear. Both drowned.
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