Earl B. Thomas saved Rolland K. Smith from drowning, Sandusky, Ohio, May 15, 1930. Rolland, 16, fell from a railroad bridge into deep water in Mill Creek. Thomas, 25, machinist, who was heavily clothed and was a poor swimmer, jumped from the top of an abutment of the bridge 11 feet down to the water. He rose close to Rolland and repeatedly tried to lift his head above the surface. After exerting himself almost to the point of exhaustion, Thomas swam 35 feet to the opposite abutment, and he and Rolland were pulled out of the water by a youth. Rolland was unconscious but was revived. Thomas suffered from exposure and a nervous shock, but he recovered.
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