Denise Terry helped to save Ronald D. Rawlings from drowning, Omaha, Nebraska, March 21, 1993. Ronald, 9, broke through ice on a lagoon in Benson Park and fell into the cold water. From nearby, Mrs. Terry, 37, phlebotomist and college student, saw him fall and, with her husband, immediately began to walk out on the ice toward him. After her husband broke through the ice en route and fell into the water, Mrs. Terry continued to Ronald, breaking through the ice twice herself. She threw Ronald one end of a length of rope that her husband had provided her and pulled Ronald out of the water. Firefighters arrived shortly and pulled Mrs. Terry’s husband back to the bank. One of the firefighters took a rope out to Mrs. Terry and Ronald and secured them. As the three were then being pulled back in, they broke through the ice and fell into the water. The fire- fighter lifted Ronald onto solid ice, and he was pulled the remaining distance to the bank. That firefighter and Mrs. Terry were then pulled to the bank by means of another rope. Ronald and Mrs. Terry and her husband were taken to the hospital, where they were treated for hypothermia and scrapes. They recovered.
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