E. Lyle Eldredge, 27, electrician, saved Cecelia, 18, and James D. Duffy, 30, carpenter, from drowning, Antioch, Illinois, December 3, 1929. At night while Eldredge and Duffy were skating on a lake, pulling Mrs. Duffy between them, they unexpectedly skated into open water that was 20 feet deep and extended 100 feet to the bank. They were heavily clothed. The temperature was 14 degrees above zero. Duffy and Mrs. Duffy became separated, and Eldredge towed Mrs. Duffy five or six feet to the edge of the ice. The ice broke for 10 feet before they were able to gain support, and Eldredge and Mrs. Duffy were twice submerged when the edge broke. Eldredge then swam 15 feet to Duffy, who was six feet below the surface, and raised him. Duffy grasped Eldredge, pinning his arms down and holding him under the surface. With great exertion Eldredge freed himself, rose, and towed Duffy 15 feet to the ice close to Mrs. Duffy. Eldredge climbed out and pulled Mrs. Duffy and Duffy upon the ice. All were dazed. They walked three quarters of a mile to a farmhouse, Mrs. Duffy being carried a part of the way. Eldredge was exhausted and lapsed into unconsciousness three times during the night. All recovered.
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