Robert W. Cash, Jr., 12, schoolboy, helped to save Carl B. Brokaw, 9, from drowning, East Point, Georgia, July 27, 1967. When Carl slid into a cement drainage ditch in which the water was five feet deep, he was unable to get out because of the swift current and was carried toward a culvert which was about a quarter-mile long. Robert jumped into the water, took hold of Carl, and boosted him up the sloping side of the ditch. Another boy on the bank grasped Carl but lost his grip on him. Carl and Robert were carried nearer the culvert. Robert again secured footing and boosted Carl to the other boy, who then pulled Carl onto the bank. Robert slid backward in the water and was carried to the culvert, which was four feet in diameter. He secured a hold on the face of the culvert and prevented himself from being swept into it. The other boy lay atop the culvert and took hold of Robert but was unable to maintain his grip. Robert was swept into the culvert and carried along by the swift water. From time to time he managed with much effort to raise his head to an air space at the top of the culvert. He thus was able to breathe, although he experienced considerable difficulty when he passed storm sewer openings where more water was pouring in. Robert was washed out of the culvert after having been inside it about five minutes.
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