Harold E. Pulsifer, Jr., 15, schoolboy, helped to save Alfred M. Binette, Jr., 12, schoolboy, from drowning, Springvale, Maine, December 4, 1943. While Alfred was skating on the Mousam River, the ice broke under him at a point 45 feet from the bank; and he went into water 10 feet deep. Harold ran on the ice to a point 25 feet from Alfred and removed some of his clothing. He then walked closer and broke through. Breaking ice ahead of him, he swam 10 feet to Alfred and took hold of him with one arm. He began to feel tired and to be affected by the cold water. After swimming eight feet toward the point at which he had entered, he called that he could not hold Alfred longer. Arthur E. Allen then reached them and took them to the edge of the ice. Harold and the others in turn got hold of a stick that was extended to them and were pulled onto the ice. 40065-3347
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Harold “Ted” E. Pulsifer, Jr., 81, of Cumberland Foreside, Maine, died on May 4, 2010.
Pulsifer was raised in Springville, Maine. He graduated from Bordentown Military Institute in Bordentown, N.J., on June 8, 1948. While at Bordentown, he won two national championships on the rifle team. After graduating, he attended Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and the University of Portland.
Pulsifer was an entrepreneur who started Teddy’s Travel Lunch and Pulsifer Real Estate and Insurance. In later years, he ran a successful real estate management company in the Portland, Maine, area. He enjoyed hunting and skiing with his sons.
A service was held at Foreside Community Church in Falmouth, Maine, on May 15, 2010.
(Edited from an obituary in the Portland, Maine, Press Herald on May 7, 2010.)