Mark Evans Stephenson helped to rescue Jacob R. Hurley from exposure, Idanha, Oregon, February 19, 1981. Jacob, 3, was stranded atop an automobile partially submerged in the cold, fast-flowing North Santiam River. Stephenson, 29, bus driver, waded to the automobile with one end of a garden hose, which he tied to the automobile. He then took Jacob to the opposite bank, which was nearer, falling and submerging enroute. Realizing he had to cross the river again to get to safety, he waded with great difficulty, carrying Jacob. Fifteen feet from his destination, Stephenson was no longer able to move because of the effects of the cold water. Another man entered the water, took Jacob, and assisted Stephenson to the bank.
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