A Michigan man on a Canada fishing trip noticed debris strewn on the side of the road leading to an embankment and almost kept going.
But two miles down the road he decided to turn around and investigate.
He was able to keep their heads above water for ten minutes until help arrived.
This week, exactly one year after the fateful rescue, Charles Devowe was honored as the first American ever recognized for heroism by the Ontario Provincial Police Department.
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