Garry Brem, 36, building materials dealer, saved Laron 0. Crawley and Evan S. Bloom, each 9, from drowning, Gilroy, California, January 25, 1969. While Laron and Evan were wading in creek water which had overflowed a roadway, the current swept them into the creek. Evan obtained a hold on a bush extending above the water, but Laron was carried downstream. Brem saw the boys and, telling Evan to maintain his hold on the bush, ran 200 feet along the bank in pursuit of Laron. He then removed his shoes and entered the cold, muddy water. Brem waded and swam to 75 feet from the bank, where he intercepted Laron in water 12 feet deep. After towing Laron to safety, Brem ran to opposite Evan. Just then the bush to which Evan was holding pulled out, and he was carried downstream. Brem again ran 200 feet along the bank. Because his clothing had impeded his earlier swimming, he removed his jacket and trousers. He waded and swam 75 feet to Evan, who was submerging intermittently. While he was towing Evan toward the bank, Brem’s legs became cramped. Another man met them when they reached wadable water, and he took Evan to the bank. Brem, who was nearly exhausted waded from the water.
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