T. Harold Snyder, 29, rancher, died saving Lela Mae Kreider, 12, from drowning, Modesto, California, August 24, 1930. Lela waded on a submerged bar in Irwin Lake and was carried by an undercurrent into water eight to 10 feet deep 20 feet from the bar. Snyder, who suffered with asthma and was almost fully clothed, dived from the bar to Lela and told her to get on his back. She took hold of Snyder’s shoulders. Snyder’s swimming motions were weak, and almost immediately he called for a boat. He began to sink, and Lela released her hold. When Snyder was under the surface, he took hold of her and gave her a shove toward the bar. She grasped a pole, which her father extended to her, and was pulled to wadable water. Snyder did not reach the surface again and was drowned.
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