Juan Jose Perez attempted to save Ruben Morin from drowning, Laredo, Texas, July 12, 1980. Ruben, 9, fell from a raft in Lake Casa Blanca and floundered. Perez, 41, detention center director, swam to Ruben, who struggled with him. After being submerged several times, Perez swam 60 feet with Ruben but was too tired to swim to the bank. Perez’s son swam to them and took Ruben to the bank; he then returned for Perez. Perez collapsed on the bank and was taken to the hospital. He fully recovered.
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