“Halfway across the canal, he lost his footing and fell in. The water, which was cold and filled with debris, came up to his chest. He knew that in some parts of the canal, the water was over ten feet deep, but much higher now as it continued to rise and swell. He was a good swimmer, learning how to swim in the Illinois River and Fox River as a boy, where he had to fight strong currents. This time though, he was fighting more than the strong current and the rushing waters; he was fighting for survival—his and his sons.”
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