John James Collins, 37, insurance salesman, saved Alvaro F. Gonsalves, 10, from drowning, Naugatuck, Connecticut, January 16, 1930. Alvaro broke through thin ice on a pond and went into water nine to 12 feet deep 20 feet from the bank. He tried to climb out, but the ice broke. He bobbed under the surface once or twice and then got hold of the edge of the ice. Collins, who was in poor physical condition, arrived at the bank somewhat winded. Breaking ice, he waded a few feet and then swam toward Alvaro as he continued to break ice ahead of him. When he was within about seven feet of Alvaro, the ice to which Alvaro was holding broke, and he went down into the water. Collins then lunged toward Alvaro, breaking the intervening ice. He grasped him and swam to wadable water.
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