Patrick J. Fitzgerald helped to save James A. Fanaras from drowning, Haverhill, Massachusetts, December 7, 1930. While skating on the Little River, James, 12, schoolboy, broke through the ice into water 10 feet deep 30 feet from the bank. Patrick, 17, schoolboy, who was heavily clothed, skated from thick ice over the thin ice toward James, broke through, and was momentarily submerged at a point about 12 feet from James. After grasping the ice and recovering his breath, he swam and broke a way through the ice to James. In the meantime another youth from the bank broke a way through the ice in an opposite direction to James. Patrick and the youth held James between them and swam and broke ice about 28 feet to wadable water. Dragging James, they climbed upon a rim of thick ice close to the bank. James was exhausted. Patrick had been in the water for five minutes and was numb and weak.
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