interesting meeting was held in the Lyudoch [sic] school
house on Monday evening, 23 Dec 1918., when a medal, presented by
the Royal Humane Association, was given to Fred G. Cooper, a young
lad of 11 years of age.
One a warm day in August
last, a number of boys were bathing in Big Creek when one of their
number, a boy about 17 years of age, became fatigued and sank in
As he was about to go under
for the third time, Cooper gallantly swam to his assistance and
managed to bring him safely to the bank.
The rescued lad acknowledged
that but for the timely help given to him, he would have been
drowned, for he felt that he was going down for the last time.
The facts of the case were
communicated to the Royal Humane Association, and they judged young
Cooper worthy of special recognition.
A goodly number gathered to
do honor to the youthful hero. Rev. G. M. Ross presented the medal
which bore the following inscription: -- "Awarded to Fred. G.
Cooer [sic] for the rescue pf George Nix from drowning,
Lynedoch, Aug. 1918."
Appropriate addresses were
given by the chairman, Rev. P. T. Meek, Mr. W. R. Halliday and Mrs.
Arthur McEown. Under the leadership of Miss Hagerman, the choruses
and recitation given by the young people of Lynedoch were much
appreciated by the audience.