Michael L. Reda saved Philip N. Ceniza and helped to save Edwin V. Palileo from drowning, Fernandina Beach, Florida, August 16, 1987. Philip, 10, was playing in the Atlantic Ocean near the beach when he was carried seaward by a strong current, and Palileo, 40, was carried out when he went to aid him. Alerted to the situation by others, Reda, 34, attorney, who was on the beach, swam to Philip, who was about 125 feet from shore, and towed him in. Learning that Palileo was still in the water, Reda turned and swam in his direction even though he could not see him at first. Reaching Palileo, who was unconscious, about 500 feet from shore, Reda, who was then joined by another man, grasped Palileo, and he and the other man towed Palileo to the beach. Philip and Palileo required hospital treatment, and they recovered.
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