Paul Edward Crawford saved James E. Kirwan from drowning, Salem, Wisconsin, April 7, 1992. James, 14, and a friend, 15, called for help after falling from a boat, which then went out of control, into the frigid water of Center Lake. Alerted to the situation, Crawford, 28, mental health worker, responded to the scene from a house on the bank; he removed his outer attire and waded and swam to the boys, who were about 350 feet out. Crawford established a hold on James, then swam back to the bank, pulling him, as the other boy held to James by his legs. Crawford then carried James to a nearby house, from which he and his friend were taken to the hospital. Cold and tired, Crawford and both boys recovered.
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