Jack W. Poupard attempted to save Donnie Gene Hammitte from drowning, Monroe, Michigan, July 9, 1973. When he went to the aid of two boys caught in turbulent water at the bass of a low dam, Hammitte, 32, also was submerged intermittently by the churning current. Among those attracted was Poupard, 25, an off-duty police patrolman. By then one of the boys had sunk and drowned. Removing his shirt and shoes, Poupard waded out onto the dam and then jumped into the deep water below it. The other boy sank and drowned. Poupard probed and located Hammitte, who was below the surface and unconscious. After Poupard had taken Hammitte out of the turbulence and to wadable water, another policeman aided in removing him to the bank. Hammitte could not be revived.
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