Mildred E. Nightingale saved Charles J. McCormick from drowning, Lawsville Center, Pennsylvania, July 1, 1934. While swimming in Big Snake Creek, McCormick, 33, was twice briefly submerged in water 10 feet deep, and lost self control. In response to cries, Miss Nightingale, 18, schoolgirl, who wore a bathing suit and shoes, ran 125 feet to the water. She quickly removed her shoes, dived, swam 22 feet to McCormick, and from behind placed her hand beneath his chin and lifted him somewhat. McCormick placed his hand lightly on her arm, and Miss Nightingale shifted her position, separating herself from McCormick. Treading water, she then put her arm around McCormick’s neck and turned him on his back. Changing her hold to one across his chest, Miss Nightingale swam 12 feet to the opposite bank, which rose steeply 30 inches above the water. She got hold of a small ledge and drew McCormick close to the bank. He was pulled out of the water, and Miss Nightingale climbed upon the bank.
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