James Robert Wulf died helping to save James B. McIntosh from drowning, Sabinal, Texas, December 31, 1984. McIntosh, 34, who was partially paralyzed, was stranded in his car, which was swamped in the flooded Sabinal River at a low-water crossing. Wulf, 35, police chief, tied a rope around his waist and swam through the swift current to the car, the rear portion of which was suspended from the crossing over a rolling boil of water. As other men anchored the rope on the bank, Wulf climbed atop the car and removed McIntosh to its hood. Wulf removed the rope from himself and tied it around McIntosh, then held onto McIntosh as the men on the bank began to pull them to safety. A short distance from the car, Wulf lost his hold and was swept into the rolling boil, where he drowned. McIntosh was pulled safely to the bank.
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