September 18, 2018
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Rescue off Richmond Island

By Troy R. Bennett, BDN Staff

Otis Wheeler and John Philbrick were the first two Mainers to earn medals from the U.S. Life-Saving Service. The pair braved a sub-zero gale, rescuing two teenagers stranded on a ledge off Cape Elizabeth. They performed their act of heroism 142 years ago last week, on Dec. 1, 1875.

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