Leroy E. Panzer died attempting to save Meredith A. and Dominick C. Andreno from drowning, Romayor, Texas, August 7, 1983. Meredith, 11, and Dominick, 7, were wading on a shallow sandbar in the Trinity River when they stepped into a deep hole and were drawn toward the swift current. Panzer, 63, retired welder, entered the hole and swam toward the children, but he could reach only Dominick. Panzer seized Dominick and fought the current as he attempted to swim with him to the bank. They floundered, then submerged and did not surface. Meredith, Dominick, and Panzer all drowned.
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