James A. Rombokas helped to save Twilah M. West from drowning, Decatur, Alabama, November 29, 1976. When her automobile plunged into Wheeler Lake and began to sink, Mrs. West, 25, was unable to get out of the vehicle. Rombakas, 29, sheet metalworker, entered the cold water and swam to the sedan, which was almost totally submerged. With some difficulty, Rombokas opened the door and pulled Mrs. West from the sinking vehicle. Another man arrived and helped to support Mrs. West as all three swam to the bank.
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