Gene D. Prock died attempting to help save Pearl L. Toner from drowning, Laurie, Missouri, April 27, 1989. Mrs. Toner, 77, was found floating face down in a cove of Lake of the Ozarks by a retired neighbor, Prock, 68. Prock, who had undergone surgery two weeks earlier, alerted his wife, then obtained life jackets and ran out onto a dock near Mrs. Toner. After Prock’s wife swam to Mrs. Toner and took her toward the dock, Prock dived into the water and surfaced near his wife, who then pushed Mrs. Toner toward him. After putting Mrs. Toner’s head and arms onto one of the life jackets, Prock suddenly slipped beneath the surface of the water. Arriving neighbors removed Mrs. Toner and Prock from the water, but resuscitation attempts on both were unsuccessful.
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