Victor Preller helped to save Phillip L. Clark from drowning, Bald Knob, Arkansas, February 28, 1987. Phillip 9, was a passenger in a pickup truck that was swept from a bridge into flood waters of Glaze Creek. He was carried downstream by the swift current but established a hold on a tree limb. Preller, 30, construction laborer, and another man heard Phillip’s cries for help. As the other man swam to Phillip and returned with him toward the bridge, Preller, a non-swimmer, waded into the creek in the darkness. Approaching the other man to assist with Phillip, Preller lost contact with the bottom of the creek as the other man passed Phillip to him. Preller maneuvered back to wadable water, then carried Phillip to dry land, the other man following. Phillip required hospital treatment for hypothermia but recovered.
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