Firefighting News: Off-Duty KS Firefighter Rescues Family on Boat

06/27/2013
An off-duty firefighter rescued a man who was struggling to swim to shore at Lake Shawnee in Topeka, Kansas, and then brought his family to safety. Firefighter Dan Lawton of the Fort Riley (KS) Fire Department was fishing around 9 p.m. on June 25 when he decided to check on a drifting boat since winds were escalating, according to a report from WIBW news (http://bit.ly/11LvMD6). As he got closer Lawton realized the boat was carrying two adults and three small children and was enduring strong currents. When Lawton reached the boat, the man on board, later identified as Robert Dabney, stood up and subsequently fell into the lake. Lawton asked Dabney if he could swim to shore, and, at Dabney...

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