Robert V. Moyers, Jr., 34, insurance enrollment representative, saved Marion L. Ward, 11, from drowning, Louisville, Kentucky, June 14, 1966. While swimming in the Ohio River, Marion got into trouble in deep water and was submerged briefly several times. He called for help as he struggled wildly to remain afloat. Moyers was attracted and ran 700 feet to the water’s edge, where he removed his shoes and trousers. Somewhat winded from running, he waded 30 feet into the water and then swam 80 feet to Marion, who had become inert and was floating just beneath the surface. Moyers grasped Marion by the hair and towed him 20 feet toward the bank. By then Moyers was tiring and experiencing shortness of breath. He changed his hold, clasping Marion to his chest. With difficulty because of the awkward swimming position, Moyers swam 40 feet farther. At times his head dipped beneath the surface. Fifty feet from the bank Moyers was so fatigued he felt he could swim no farther. He probed with his feet and found purchase by standing on his toes. Moyers waded to the bank supporting Marion, who was revived by another man.
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