On Saturday afternoon an exciting incident occurred near the Hirst Locks on the Leeds and Liverpool canal in connection with which an act of heroism was performed which will be read of with pride.Shortly after one o’clock on the afternoon in question, Donald and Roland Ross, aged six and nine years respectively, sons of police constable Ross of Shipley, left their home to go for a walk, the road selected being along the canal bank.Swing bridgeAll went well until they reached the wooden swing bridge which spans the canal near the Hirst Locks. Here the boys were playing about when the younger one,
entirely oblivious of the danger, approached rather near the edge of the water on some boards which had been rendered slippery by the action of the water.The elder boy, seeing the danger, went to bring his brother back but just as he reached him, Donald slipped and both boys were precipitated into the water.A little boy who was near at the time at once ran off and told his grandmother, Mrs Garside, who resides at Hirst Locks.That lady was unable to render
any direct assistance but seeing a man coming down Hirst Lane, she beckoned him.The man immediately ran down to the water’s edge and without waiting to divest himself of any of his clothing pluckily jumped into the water and brought out one of the boysThen he again entered the water and rescued the other boy.After which the gallant rescuer walked away in the direction of Saltaire without leaving his name and address.
Constable Ross, immediately on hearing of the occurrence set to work to find the rescuer. His enquiries have elicited the fact that he man’s name is Bob McTurk, a manufacturing chemist, carrying on business in Manchester.Rowing ClubMr McTurk resides in Bradford and is a member of the Bradford Rowing Club, who occupy an adjoining portion of the river.But for the timely intervention of this gentleman it is probable that both of the boys would have perished and Mr McTurk’s courageous act certainly deserves more than a passing notice.