50 Years Ago

Two-Year-Old Heroically Saved


September 28, 2023

Herald of Oct. 4, 1973

Heroic efforts by rescue workers and the devotion of a medical team at Nason Hospital were credited with restoring the heart beat of Bryan A. Lear, 2, of Henry’s Trailer Court in Martinsburg. The lad accidentally fell into a cistern on a relative’s property along Route 867 at Scratchtown, between Roaring Spring and Potetown. Jesse A. Helsel Jr. went into the tank at great risk to himself and was able to reach the boy and bring him to the surface. Firemen and ambulance personnel rushed the boy to Nason Hospital where Dr. Robert Bridenbaugh was able to revive the la...

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