Patrick M. Porter saved Victoria A. and Gerald R. Schroeder from drowning, Corbin, Kentucky, July 3, 1982. When Victoria, 8, fell into the swiftly-flowing Cumberland River a short distance upstream from 70-foot- high Cumberland Falls, Schroeder, 44, her father, jumped into the river and held her, but he could not slow her progress toward the falls. Porter, 33, telephone company technician, ran into the river and clenched Schroeder around his thighs. Dragging his feet on the river bottom, Porter, who also was being swept along by the current, guided Schroeder and Victoria onto a flat rock jutting out of the river a short distance above the falls. A park ranger later assisted all three in getting back to the bank. All recovered from minor cuts and bruises.
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