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Daredevilry, Rescue And The Family That Couldn’t Escape The Niagara Falls

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The NPR show (from WBUR in Boston), Only a Game, had a repeat of this segment this past Saturday. I didn’t hear it the first time, but heard it on Saturday. It is a neat history of Red Hill and his family.

William “Red” Hill Sr. was born on Oct. 27, 1887 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. His career saving lives began when he carried his 4-year-old sister, Cora, out of their family’s burning home. For his bravery, he was awarded a medal from the Royal Canadian Humane Society. He was just 9 years old. But it was in the perilous waters of the Niagara River, not fire, where he saved the most lives.

Daredevilry, Rescue And The Family That Couldn’t Escape The Niagara Falls

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WBFO, the NPR affiliate in Buffalo, had a short segment recently about Niagara Falls and the heroics of Red Hill Sr.:

Michael Clarkson grew up along the banks of the Niagara River. As a young reporter, he collected stories of people who challenged the river’s dangerous 165-foot Falls, including the first three to do so…

Clarkson also heard of a heroic river man and his family, whose tales are interwoven with the history of daredevilry and rescue at the Falls. Here’s their story.

William “Red” Hill Sr. was born on Oct. 27, 1887 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. His career saving lives began when he carried his 4-year-old sister, Cora, out of their family’s burning home…

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