Donald Leftridge died attempting to save Eric A. Strickland from drowning, Dauphin, Pennsylvania, July 24, 1999. Strickland, 28, and Leftridge, 56, pallet builder, were fishing in the Susquehanna River at a point about 150 feet from the closer bank. They were standing in waist-deep water on a submerged rock ledge, fishing a deeper pool downstream, when Strickland, who was a nonswimmer, entered the pool in some fashion and began to struggle. Leftridge extended his fishing rod toward Strickland and shouted for him to grasp it. Leftridge then entered the pool. Both men submerged and drowned.
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