Phillip S. McDonald saved Thomas E. Runyon from drowning, Indianapolis, Indiana, January 19, 1968. When Thomas, 7, and a five-year-old boy ventured onto an ice shelf along the bank of a creek, they fell into water 20 feet deep but kept afloat; by holding to the edge of the ice. A third boy flagged McDonald, 20, college student, and reported the situation. From a bridge over the creek, McDonald jumped into the water 25 feet below and was submerged. When he surfaced, he found that Thomas had lost consciousness and the other boy was no longer in sight. Lifting Thomas onto the ice shelf, McDonald climbed out and carried him to the bank. After looking in vain for the other boy, McDonald administered artificial respiration to Thomas and succeeded in reviving him. Thomas recovered after being hospitalized. Police divers recovered the body of the other boy.
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