Russell S. Lauver saved Jessica L. Eaton from drowning, Altoona, Pennsylvania, June 25, 1987. Jessica, 2, was floating face down in a neighbor’s swimming pool. Another neighbor, Lauver, 79, retired railroad supervisor, saw her from his home about 100 feet away. Despite suffering congestive heart disease which severely restricted his activities, Lauver ran to the pool, climbed up several steps to the level of the pool’s deck, then reached down, seized Jessica, and pulled her from the water. Lauver revived Jessica, then left to alert help. Jessica was treated at the hospital, and she fully recovered.
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