Katherine M. Dumas helped to save Jack Brownstone from drowning, Rancho Mirage, California, May 4, 2007. A woman pulled Brownstone, 87, from the driver’s seat of his car, which had entered a lake at a condominium complex and was sinking nose first in water about 20 feet deep. Dumas, 44, who was the director of security at the complex, was alerted by radio to the accident. Responding to the scene, she found Brownstone and the woman struggling to stay afloat at the car. Although not fully recovered from recent surgery, Dumas also entered the water and swam about 25 feet out to the car. She grasped Brownstone by the shirt and with the other woman returned him to wadable water, where a man provided Brownstone aid in leaving the lake. Dumas and the other woman also exited the lake to safety. Brownstone was taken to the hospital for observation, and Dumas was exhausted. They recovered.
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