Raleigh G. Haffner, 15, schoolboy, saved Russell E., 11, and Mervin W. Johnson, 7, from drowning, Liberty Lake, Washington, May 18, 1929. Russell and Mervin and their father and Raleigh and his young brother fell into deep water in Liberty Lake when the boat in which they were fishing capsized 90 feet from the shore. Raleigh grasped his brother and swam 75 feet to wadable water. He then saw Russell struggling in the water about five feet from the boat with Mervin on his back, and he swam, fully clothed, to them. As he was reaching for Russell, Russell grasped him around the neck, and Raleigh struck him, rendering him unconscious. Raleigh then swam 75 feet to wadable water, towing Russell and also Mervin, who continued to hold to Russell. Russell regained consciousness. The father of Russell and Mervin, who was not a good swimmer, swam to the shore, and a little later he was drowned as he tried to recover the boat.
29304 – 244729304-2447