Robert Raymond Church died attempting to save Charles Cisar, Jr., from drowning, McMechen, West Virginia, March 11, 1934. Charles, 9, broke through thin ice and dropped into water 10 feet deep in a pool of back water of the Ohio River at a point 15 feet from the bank. He grasped the edge of the ice and kept renewing his hold as the edge broke off in small pieces. Robert, 10, schoolboy, who was much heavier than Charles, walked from the bank to within three feet of the hole. As he extended one hand toward Charles, he slipped and fell, breaking the ice to the hole. He was submerged and rose within four feet of Charles. Robert threshed for a time and then sank and was drowned. Charles by renewing his hold on the ice got to within four feet of the bank, where he removed one of his boots and extended it to boys on the bank, who pulled him out of the water.
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