Michael T. Mulroy helped to save Mattie L. Lapp from drowning, Ocean City, New Jersey, May 26, 1983. Miss Lapp, 18, was wading in the Atlantic Ocean when a strong undertow pulled her seaward. Mulroy, 28, police officer, entered the water and swam to Miss Lapp, who was floating unconscious. Holding her he began to swim to the end of a nearby jetty. Another man had entered the water with one end of a rope and swam toward Mulroy as far as the rope permitted. Mulroy joined the second man, held the rope, and the three were pulled to the jetty. Miss Lapp was hospitalized, but she died 24 days later.
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