Earl V. Wetter helped to save Joseph Kovaci from drowning, Somohauk, Illinois, July 21, 1973. Joseph, 16, got into trouble in deep water about 100 feet from the bank of Holiday Lake end called for help. Wetter, 19, college student, entered the water and swam to where Joseph was floundering. When Wetter took hold of Joseph, both were submerged briefly twice. Joseph then was fatigued and Wetter was tiring rapidly. By the time he had taken Joseph safely to the bank, Wetter was extremely tired.
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