Edward R. Poling, 38, maintenance engineer, attempted to save John P. Farley, 27, bridgeman, from drowning, Enon, Ohio, July 18, 1929. While working on a bridge over the Mad River, Farley fell into the swollen waters and was carried rapidly away in a current. Poling, who was fully clothed, jumped from the bridge into the water and swam and drifted for more than 100 feet toward Farley. He then swam 70 feet to the bank, ran 150 feet along the bank to a point ahead of Farley, and then swam at least 80 feet to him. Farley grasped him and at the end of a prolonged struggle kicked Poling below the stomach. They then became separated. Poling was dazed and drifted in the current for 600 feet to a point close to the bank, where his clothing caught on a thorn. About a minute later he pulled himself upon the bank. Farley was drowned.
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