David J. Brown saved two men from drowning, East Gull Lake, Minnesota, May 26, 2019. Two men, aged 34 and 35, entered the Gull River to help a friend who was having difficulty returning to the bank. David J. Brown, 41, regional manager, was nearby and heard someone shouting for help. Brown went to the river, where he saw the 34-year-old man flailing in the water. Brown removed his shirt and shoes, waded, then swam to the man, whose head was barely above the surface. Despite a strong current in the 57-degree river, Brown grasped the man and pulled him to the bank and out of the water, where the man collapsed. Brown then saw the 35-year-old man in the water, bobbing up and down and gasping for breath, so he re-entered the water and swam to the man. He grasped the man and a nearby life ring. Brown held to the man and the life ring and swam back to a dock in wadable water, from where Brown and a woman helped remove the man from the water. The friend was rescued by a woman at the scene. The two men were taken to a hospital for observation. Brown was cold but uninjured following the incident.
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