Jennifer C. Beyer helped to save Colin C. Deeg from drowning, Appleton, Wisconsin, February 14, 1992. Colin, 9, and a friend were walking on the ice covering a navigational canal of the Fox River when the ice gave way, plunging them into water six feet deep. The friend crawled out of the open water and ran for help, alerting Miss Beyer, 22, nanny, who was driving near the scene. Telling the friend to notify authorities, Miss Beyer went to the canal and walked part way onto the ice to Colin, who was about 45 feet from the bank. When the ice began to crack, she crawled the remaining distance to him. As she attempted to reach Colin, the ice underneath her gave way, and she too fell into the water. After attempting unsuccessfully both to lift Colin onto the solid ice and to break ice toward shore, Miss Beyer held Colin’s head above water with one hand while holding to the edge of the ice with the other. She tired quickly in the cold water, and Colin lost consciousness. Four police officers arrived shortly and removed Colin and Miss Beyer to safety. Colin was revived and was hospitalized a week for treatment of hypothermia, from which he recovered. Miss Beyer was also treated at the hospital for hypothermia, and she too recovered.
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