David Jay Lucas saved Sarah L. Barrington from drowning, Missoula, Montana, June 2, 1976. Sarah, 2, fell into water 15 inches deep in an irrigation ditch, was carried into a covered culvert 46 feet long, and was held there by debris. David, 16, high-school student, crawled into the arched culvert, where the water was within four inches of the top and visibility was nil. Reaching an area where the culvert’s top dipped to the surface of the water, David continued crawling with his head submerged until he again came to a section with a four-inch air space. At a point beyond the center of the culvert, David found Sarah, who was unconscious. Quickly freeing Sarah from the debris, David crawled with her the rest of the way to the end of the culvert. Sarah was revived.
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