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Gertrude Childers - Ronald Reagan In Dixon
Gertrude Childers was a native of Dixon, Illinois who, like many of her generation, regularly swam at Lowell Park in the Rock River near Dixon. One day in 1931 she was injured while swimming, and Ronald Reagan, the lifeguard on duty, swam out and rescued her. Childers also knew the other members of the Reagan family, citing Ronald's older brother, Neil Reagan, coming over to visit her older sister on many occasions.