Dominick Siriani attempted to save Antillio DeFrank from drowning, Chicago Heights, Illinois, June 12, 1931. While DeFrank, 18, laborer, was in a rowboat with three other youths on New Sauk Trail Lake, the boat capsized, and all were thrown into the water 75 feet from the bank. DeFrank was towed toward the bank by one of his companions, who was a good swimmer. Siriani, 23, moulder, almost fully clothed, waded a step or two from the bank and then swam toward them. As Siriani drew near, the youth released DeFrank and continued to swim toward the bank. Siriani swam to DeFrank, reaching him 25 feet from the bank. As he took hold of DeFrank, DeFrank threw his arm around Siriani’s neck, and both were submerged. DeFrank rose to the surface. Siriani’s brother arrived in a boat and rescued DeFrank, who was unconscious. He then saw Siriani beneath the surface and rescued him. In the meantime the others were rescued by youths in another boat. DeFrank and Siriani were revived.
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