Joseph P. Jackson saved William D. Flint from drowning, New Canton, Virginia, June 26, 1987. William, 9, was trapped behind a cargo of household items in the rear of a four-wheel-drive vehicle after it dropped from a bridge and landed upright in the six-foot-deep water of Randolph Creek. Joseph, 13, student, who was in the front seat, exited through the passenger window, pulling his mother, who was the driver, with him. After taking his mother to the bank, Joseph, although bleeding from a cut on his wrist, swam back to the vehicle. He opened the passenger door, entered the submerged vehicle, and cleared a path through it to William, whom he then grasped and pulled free. They surfaced and swam to the bank. William recovered from bruises. Joseph required hospital treatment for his cut, and he too recovered.
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