Russell E. McIntyre attempted to save Joseph R. Brisson from drowning, Edmonton, Alberta, May 15, 1968. While swimming in the North Saskatchewan River, Brisson, 21, laborer, was carried downstream by the current. McIntyre, 28, police constable, saw Brisson floating about 100 feet from the bank and heard him yelling. Removing some of his attire, McIntyre entered the water, swam to Brisson, and started to tow him toward the bank. Brisson struggled and twice caused them to be submerged briefly. When Brisson calmed, McIntyre slowly moved him toward the bank as the current carried them farther downstream. Brisson then lost consciousness. Despite efforts of McIntyre and another police officer who arrived, Brisson sank and drowned.
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