Thomas N. Fowler saved Adolphus L. Wade from drowning, Crockett, Tennessee, July 18, 1930. While wading in the North Fork of the Obion River, Adolphus, 17, farmhand, unexpectedly stepped into water eight feet deep, was slightly submerged, and grabbed at a man who was swimming close to him. The man eluded his grasp and swam to the bank. Fowler, 35, farmer, who was fully clothed, waded and then swam five feet to Adolphus. Adolphus grabbed him and got on his back, placing his legs around Fowler and pinning Fowler’s arms with his arms. They drifted 60 feet in the current, and Fowler twice got his eyes only above the surface. As Fowler stroked with his legs and hands, they moved six feet across the current to wadable water. Adolphus walked to the bank. Fowler, who was weak, was aided to the bank.
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