Viola Sullivan saved Mary E. Carroll from drowning, Pembroke, Massachusetts, August 12, 1960. When Mrs. Carroll, 58, who could not swim, started her automobile in a parking area alongside Stetson Pond, the vehicle moved forward and plunged into the water. Mrs. Carroll remained inside as the automobile moved to 35 feet from the bank and began to sink rapidly in water 15 feet deep. Mrs. Sullivan, 52, homemaker, was attracted and ran toward a dock projecting 12 feet from the bank. When the automobile had sunk to the bottom of the pond, Mrs. Carroll opened a window and climbed out. She rose to the surface as Mrs. Sullivan reached the end of the dock after running 100 feet. Without delaying to remove any of her clothing, Mrs. Sullivan dived into the water and swam 30 feet to where Mrs. Carroll was working her arms and submerging intermittently. Mrs. Carroll grasped the shoulders of Mrs. Sullivan, who took hold of her around the waist and calmed her. She then maneuvered Mrs. Carroll to behind her and suggested that she hold to her shoulders. With much effort because of Mrs. Caroll’s hold and their wet clothing, Mrs. Sullivan slowly towed Mrs. Carroll 30 feet to wadable water near the bank. Two other women then assisted Mrs. Carroll out of the water as Mrs. Sullivan followed unaided.
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