Edward Chester Maleski saved R. Beatrice Buczynski from drowning, Suffield, Connecticut, January 11, 1935. Beatrice, 6, fell from a footbridge into Muddy Brook and drifted in a current of 5 m.p.h. Maleski, 20, truck driver, ran 600 feet to a point on the bank opposite Beatrice and entered the water, which was icy cold. He waded five or six feet and then swam 50 feet to Beatrice. Towing her, he swam and drifted 50 feet to within eight feet of the opposite bank, where he tried to touch bottom but was momentarily submerged. Lunging forward he got hold of a bush on the bank, his foot catching on a submerged root. A man waded several feet from the bank and jerked Maleski by the hand, causing his face to be submerged. He then released Maleski and pulled Beatrice out of the water. By a twist Maleski freed his foot and then got upon the bank.
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