Ludlow, VT Drowning, Sept 1846

Richard Dunbar, son of Frederick Dunbar, was drowned at the upper end of the factory pond, Sept. 1, 1846. He was a good swimmer, but sacrificed his life to fulfill his pledge of safety to a smaller boy who had become frightened. We give great honor to the hero who yields up his life on the field of battle, but the heroism of this sacrifice is no less worthy of a tribute of praise. "Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."

History of Ludlow, Vermont, 1949, page 146