Michael C. Beck saved Maria Navarro and Gina L. Grady from drowning, Chicopee, Massachusetts, March 10, 1982. Maria, 14, and Gina, 13, plunged through thin ice into 10 feet of water while walking across Roberts Pond. Alerted by a friend of the girls, Beck, 20, supermarket department manager, ran to the pond. Breaking a path through the ice with his feet and arms, Beck waded and swam 30 feet to the girls and brought Maria to shore. Returning along the same path, he swam and waded to shore with Gina. Both girls recovered from exposure.
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