David E. Zanoni, 19, laborer, saved Garland A. Rankins, 19, laborer, from drowning, Albany, Wisconsin, June 27, 1947. While crossing Sugar River on the apron of a dam, Rankins fell from it into water 10 feet deep and drifted in a current of three miles an hour. Zanoni dived from the apron and swam 12 feet under water to Rankins, who was much heavier than he. While both were submerged, Zanoni took bold of Rankins at the waist, the latter then grasping Zanoni around the neck With both hands. Both were carried toward an area of turbulent water, with Rankins alternately submerging and reappearing. As Zanoni, who still was submerged, was about to strike Rankins to free himself, Rankins released him. Zanoni then took hold of Rankins by an arm and swam towing him 45 feet at an angle to the current to shallow water, where they were aided by others to the bank. Both were tired but recovered.
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