Lewis John Bolli saved Charles S. Ross from drowning, Neville Island, Pennsylvania, September 17, 1961. Charles, 7, a very poor swimmer, fell from a rope swing into the Ohio River fully clothed and twice was submerged in water 20 feet deep, swallowing water each time. Struggling to stay afloat, he called for help. Lewis, 13, schoolboy, quickly undressed to his underwear, entered the water, and swam 25 feet to Charles, who threw both arms around his head and held him tightly. As Lewis freed himself, his face was submerged briefly. Charles attempted to grasp him again, but Lewis thrust him away. Placing his arm around the neck of Charles, Lewis towed him 22 feet to wadable water, from where they waded to the bank. Lewis then assisted Charles in ascending the steep bank by means of a ladder.
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