Timothy Guckenberg saved a man from drowning, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, May 20, 1999. A 39-year-old man waded into the Chippewa River, then called for help after stepping into deeper water and submerging briefly. Guckenberg, 21, college student, was crossing the river on a footbridge in the vicinity and saw the man, then about 130 feet from the closer bank. Guckenberg immediately ran from the bridge to that bank and waded into the river, which was swift and swollen from recent rains. Guckenberg swam out to the man, who was semiconscious by then, and grasped him. He swam back to the bank with him, the current carrying them downstream about 150 feet, then helped him from the water. Guckenberg and the man were taken to the hospital, where Guckenberg was treated for mild hypothermia. He recovered.
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