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Wife saves husband from drowning at Mirror Lake

William Heidenreich of Saint John, Indiana, was fishing when his boat overturned. His wife, Roberta, saw what happened from shore and went into action.

Posted on June 7, 2014 at 12:14 p.m.

TOPEKA, Ind. — A northwest Indiana man was rescued from drowning thanks to quick thinking and action by his wife.

William Heidenreich, 67, of Saint John, Ind., was fishing on Mirror Lake east of Topeka Friday, June 6, when his rowboat overturned, according to a press release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

Roberta Heidenreich, his wife of more than 45 years, saw what was happening from the shore. Knowing her husband couldn’t swim, she grabbed two flotation devices and dog-paddled 100 yards to her husband, who had gone under the water twice, according to the DNR.

Before William Heidenreich went under the water a third time, Roberta Heidenreich reached him and gave him a flotation device.

Ty Conley, an Orange Township firefighter, brought the couple back to shore by boat, the DNR reported. The Heidenreichs did not sustain any injuries.

The DNR credits Roberta’s “quick, decisive and brave actions” for saving her husband’s life.



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