Robert Lee Gray saved Jerry W. Gainous from drowning, Springfield, Tennessee, December 28, 1982. After falling into rain-swollen Sulfur Fork Creek while playing, Jerry, 10, struggled to keep his head above water in heavy turbulence below a dam. Alerted by a co-worker, Gray, 35, construction foreman, ran to the creek bank, dived in, and swam about 30 feet to Jerry. Jerry panicked and struggled; Gray’s efforts to pull him out of the turbulence were futile. On a second attempt, both submerged. Feeling a rock beneath his feet while underwater, Gray pushed off it and propelled himself and Jerry out of the turbulence. He then swam to safety with Jerry.
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