Marshall S. Snyder attempted to save William C. Gillumi from drowning, Alexandria, Virginia, June 20, 1931. William, 8, fell from a log into water 10 feet deep in Hunting Creek at a point 10 feet from the bank. Snyder, 18, schoolboy, who was not in good physical condition and was fully clothed, dived from the bank and rose beneath William. William grasped him and caused him to be submerged. Forcibly freeing himself, he rose and swam a stroke or two to William, who again grasped him and wrapped his legs around him. Both were submerged and drifted for 35 feet while Snyder struggled to get free. William then released Snyder. Reaching the surface, Snyder, who was gasping, did not see William, and he then swam a few feet toward the bank. A man aided him to the bank. William was drowned.
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