Robert Danforth saved Sandra M. Hubbard from drowning, Pittsfield, Maine, September 7, 2006. Hubbard, 49, was the driver of an automobile that in an accident left the highway, entered the Sebasticook River, and began to submerge nose first in water 19 feet deep at a point about 30 feet from the bank. She rolled the window of the driver’s door down and, screaming, began to climb through it. Nearby on the bank, Danforth, 39, emergency medical technician, heard Hubbard scream and then saw her car in the water. Although he was recuperating from recent surgery, Danforth dived into the river and swam across a swift current to the driver’s side of the car. He grasped Hubbard by the arms and pulled her the rest of the way out of the vehicle. Despite her struggling, Danforth placed one arm over her chest and stroked with the other toward the bank. His wife aided in removing Hubbard from the river. Within moments the car submerged and when located was found to have overturned in the water. Hubbard sustained minor injury in the accident and was treated at the scene. Danforth recovered from muscle ache.
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