Clyde G. Bishop saved Karen M. Burkhardt and Craig R. Steffen from drowning, Fort Thomas, Kentucky, December 11, 1962. While walking on an ice-covered lake, Karen, 17, and Craig, 3, broke through the ice 20 feet from the nearest bank and fell into water 12 feet deep. Craig, who could not swim, sank. Karen, a poor swimmer, screamed for help as she struggled to stay afloat. Bishop, 19, grocery clerk, ran 40 feet on the ice and, without delaying to remove his jacket or any of his other winter clothing, jumped into the hole. He lifted Karen onto the ice. Bishop then dived twice but could not locate Craig. Making a third dive, he swam under the ice and found him. Bishop took hold of Craig and then tried in vain to break the ice overhead. Turning, he towed Craig to the hole and surfaced with him. Bishop handed Craig to Karen, who took him to the bank. Winded and tired, Bishop tried to climb onto the ice but could not obtain a hold, nor could he break a path in the ice. He trod water, growing weaker and beginning to feel numb. Karen screamed for help; and three men were attracted. They obtained a boat and with it removed Bishop from the hole after he had been in the water approximately 15 minutes. Karen, Craig, and Bishop were treated at a hospital and recovered.
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