George Carter Davis saved Geraldine H. Doetterl from drowning, Lockport, New York, April 11, 1968. Mrs. Doetterl, 44, who could not swim, lost control of her automobile; and it plunged into the deep water of a creek, was carried to 30 feet from the bank, and began to sink as it drifted downstream. Davis, 18, high school student, witnessed the accident and ran to the creek, He removed his jacket and shoes, dived into the cold water, and swam 40 feet diagonally across the current to the side of the drifting automobile. The front window was open. Mrs. Doetterl appeared to be in shock and paid no heed when Davis urged her to climb out. Extending his head and shoulders into the sinking vehicle, Davis took hold of Mrs. Doetterl and pulled her through the open window. He began towing her and was only a few feet from the automobile when it sank. Davis took Mrs. Doetterl 30 feet to the bank, where they were aided out of the water.
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