Jerry D. Wood, 20, ticket checker, saved Georgia B. Galloway, 27, from drowning, Brookston, Indiana, August 16, 1958. While swimming alone in the Tippecanoe River, Miss Galloway drifted with the swift current into an area of turbulent water six feet deep and was submerged briefly several times as she tried unsuccessfully to swim toward the bank 45 feet away. Her cries for help attracted Wood, who ran 60 feet to the bank and dived into the water fully clothed except for his shoes. He swam 50 feet at an angle across the current and reached Miss Galloway, who grabbed him and pulled him beneath the surface briefly. Wood moved behind Miss Galloway, who then was barely conscious, placed his arm around her, and began towing her toward the bank. Swimming at an angle across the current, Wood experienced difficulty and became so fatigued that he twice trod water to rally his strength. With effort he towed Miss Galloway 45 feet to near the bank. A man waded into the water and aided in getting Miss Galloway ashore. She was unconscious but soon revived.
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