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St. Regian (Paul Smiths, N.Y.) 19??-????, January 01, 1977, Image 42

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For selfless a n d h u m a n e action in saving the life of a canoeing accident victim R O B E R T R O T T N E R C I T A T I O N T O O n June 2, 19 76 , M r . Rottner, trained in R e d Cross advanced first aid, was in a c a m p near the shore of L o w e r St. Regis Lake on the c a m p u s of P aul Smith's College, w h e n his wife spotted a canoe tip over on the lake. As no rescue craft w a s available, Mr. Rottner grabbed some flotation seats from the boathouse a n d s w a m toward the canoeist, w h o h a d lost his glasses and was floundering t o w a r d the center of the lake , a w a y from the overturned canoe. After a long interval in the chilling water, Mr. Rottner finally reached the frantic s w i m m e r . Using the flotation seats, Mr. Rottner pulled the victim toward shore; witnesses say it took h i m well over an hour to do so. Both m e n were treated for exposure after reaching camp, and the victim w a s taken to a hospital for observation. Without doubt, the heroic and persistent efforts of Mr. Rottner w e r e responsible for saving the victim from death b y drowning. For this act of m e r c y Mr. Rottner has been n a m e d to receive the R e d Cross Certificate of Merit. This is the highest a w a r d given b y the American National R e d Cross to a p e r s o n w h o saves or sustains a life b y using skills and k n o w l ­ edge learned in a volunteer training p r o g r a m offered b y the R e d Cross in first aid, small craft or water safety. T h e Certificate bears the original signatures of the President of the United States, Honorary Chairman, and Frank Stanton, Chairman of the A m e r i c a n National R e d Cross . This meritorious action exemplifies the highest ideals of the concern of one h u m a n being for another w h o is in distress . 38

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