Dick D. Nietfeld, 26, bank trust officer, saved Kenneth Anderson, 5, from drowning, Grand Island, Nebraska, January 21, 1967. Kenneth, who could not swim, was walking on ice on a lake and fell into an area of open water. He was submerged briefly and then began flailing to keep afloat. Nietfeld was attracted and ran to the bank at the open water. Without delaying to remove any of attire, he waded and swam to Kenneth, who was about 40 feet from the bank in water 20 feet deep. Fearing a possible struggle, Nietfeld moved to behind Kenneth before taking hold of him. Kenneth was limp. Holding him so that his head was above the surface, Nietfeld towed Kenneth toward the bank with effort due to the cold water and their wet clothing. He still was about 10 feet from wadable water when he began to tire. Nietfeld towed Kenneth the rest of the way to the bank and emerged from the water. Neither suffered lasting ill effects.
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