Rodney V. Arnold died attempting to help save Quinton L. Heath from drowning, Detroit, Michigan, July 5, 1981. A van containing Quinton, 6, rolled into the Detroit River and began to submerge. On shore in the area were Arnold, 18, student, and his brother. On seeing the accident, Arnold removed his shoes, ran into the river, and began swimming toward the van, which was about 15 feet from shore. His brother followed. Near the van, they submerged. Both drowned. Their bodies, and Quinton’s, were later recovered.
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