James Don Kephart died saving Tina M. Kephart from drowning, Meadville, Pennsylvania, August 16, 1984. Tina, 8, lost her footing while wading in French Creek and floundered in deep water. Fishing with his wife nearby, her uncle, Kephart, 22, ran to her and secured a hold on her. After they were moved into deeper water, Kephart pushed Tina toward the bank, and his wife removed her from the creek. Despite his wife’s efforts to help him, Kephart submerged and drowned.
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