Sidney C. Smith died attempting to save Shari Ann Miller from drowning, Bridgeport, Connecticut, May 30, 1962. When Shari Ann, 7, and a seven-year-old boy got into difficulty in a large pond, the former’s mother and Smith, 38, machine operator, both entered the water fully clothed. Both swam to Shari Ann who was submerging intermittently in water 15 feet deep 25 feet from the bank. Smith, who had a strained back which frequently caused him violent pain, took hold of Shari Ann and, treading water, supported her at the surface. Two boys in swimming attire entered the water, swam 20 feet to the seven-year-old boy, and took him to the bank. By then Smith, Shari Ann., and her mother no longer were at the surface. The two boys swam to 25 feet from the bank and found Shari Ann floating just below the surface. They towed her to the bank and returned to look for Smith and the mother. Unable to find them, the boys swam back to the bank. Police later recovered the bodies of Smith and of Shari Ann’s mother. Shari Ann recovered.
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