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40 years ago: Teenager drowns at city swimming pool

June 2, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 2, 1973:

  • Tragedy struck at a Lawrence recreational facility this week when a teenager drowned at the municipal swimming pool. According to witnesses, Norvell Taylor, 15, a student at Central Junior High School, had not surfaced after jumping from the low diving board. Lifeguards and pool manager Bob Lockwood had responded, pulling Taylor from the 12-foot-deep section of the pool and applying mouth-to-mouth resuscitation and cardiac massage before an ambulance transported Taylor to Lawrence Memorial Hospital. It was the first drowning at the pool since its opening.
  • A young girl had been treated at LMH on the previous afternoon after an accident involving her bicycle and a pickup truck. Diana Davis, 8, had suffered cuts and bruises when her bike was hit by the truck, which had been backing from a private driveway a couple of blocks from the Davis home. After her treatment at the hospital, the young girl was released and referred to her family physician. At least eight other accidents had been reported over the past 48 hours, including one vehicle overturning in a field near Eudora and an incident in which a car had struck and injured a deer on Kasold Drive.

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