Marc M. Meunier helped to save Leslie L. and Helene E. Faulkner from drowning, Carver, Massachusetts, March 18, 1997. Faulkner, 62, and his wife, 71, were traveling in their automobile on a roadway atop an earthen dam when that section of the dam collapsed beneath them. Their car dropped into the deep, 10-foot-wide gap that was created initially and was pinned against debris by turbulent breach waters from East Head Pond, the adjacent reservoir. Faulkner and his wife were trapped in the car, which began to fill with water. Meunier, 40, correction officer, was one of the first motorists on the scene, as was a man who jumped onto the submerging car’s exposed trunk and broke out the rear window. At the edge of the breach, Meunier and other men pulled Faulkner, then his wife, from the car to the roadway, with Meunier extended into the breach, held by others, to reach the victims. The turbulent rush of water continued to widen the breach, undermining the pavement from which the men acted. Faulkner and his wife required hospitalization for treatment of their injuries. Meunier required medical treatment for a pulled muscle, from which he recovered.
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