Stories You Loved: Prison Inmates Save Three Boys from Drowning
Readers loved the story about Nelson Pettis, 37, Larry Bohn, 29, and Jon Fowler, 29, who were finishing up some community service near their Yacolt, Wash., corrections facility, and heard children’s screams from a nearby creek.
Realizing the kids’ canoe had capsized, dumping the boys into the cold, 25-mph current, the inmates leapt into the water and rescued them.
The men took off their shirts to wrap up the shivering boys, all of whom were taken to the hospital for mild hypothermia.
Just because we’re incarcerated doesn’t mean we’re bad people,” Fowler told reporters. “We made some bad choices in our lives, but we’re still just like everybody else.”
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