Jackie A. Wellington, 14, schoolboy, saved Elwyn L. Dority, 12, schoolboy, from drowning, Bangor, Maine, August 18, 1952. While swinging on a rope suspended from a bridge, Elwyn, who could not swim, became tired and lost his hold, dropping into deep water in the Penobscot River 12 feet from a pier. His calls for help attracted Jackie, who jumped from a ledge of the pier 18 feet above the water and landed four feet from Elwyn. As Jackie approached, Elwyn seized him at the shoulders and pulled him beneath the surface. Jackie broke free and rose behind Elwyn. Calming Elwyn, Jackie towed him 37 feet to a low section of the pier. Aided by two other boys, he lifted Elwyn onto the pier and climbed from the water. Jackie was nervous and slightly tired. 3871-42665
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Jack Wellington, 77, of The Villages, Fla., died on Aug. 3, 2016. Wellington previously lived in Portland, Maine, where he worked as a firefighter before retirement.
On Aug. 18, 1952, when he was 14, Wellington saved a 12-year-old boy from drowning in the Penobscot River. He received the Carnegie Medal in January 1954.
(Edited from an obituary published in the Portland Press Herald.)