Sherman McDowell helped to save James A. Myers and died attempting to save Christopher M. Olive from drowning, Chicago, Illinois, February 20, 1983. James, 11, and Christopher, 9, broke through the ice while walking across a lagoon in Washington Park. McDowell, 46, and others began to walk across the ice toward the boys, but they too broke through. The others left the lagoon, but McDowell went to the boys. He seized James and swam 15 feet with him to solid ice. He then returned for Christopher. James was taken to the bank by a policeman, but McDowell and Christopher submerged. Both died.
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