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Jeddo Youth (Continued From Page One) shaft. The maximum depth of the stripping's waters ' is 15 feet. - It was reported that McKiniry's mother had warned him several times not to swim at the stripping hole. It is believed McKiniry's par ents were not aware their son was swimming at the time of the ac cident. All participants of the recovery operation extended thanks and ap- ap- preciatoin to the other units on their prompt and i efficient cooperation. Al Martini, head of the radio club, led the rescue truck to the site of the drowning. Another of the club's units directed traffic around the mining area. When a boat was needed, Al Miller of 525 E. Chestnut St., responded responded by bringing an aluminum rowboat The necessity of a boat was due to the sharp rocks at the bottom of the stripping. Miller's boat, however, was used as a stand-by stand-by stand-by vessel. The rescue squad, assisted by George Bloesing and John Podda, both of Hazleton, provided rope and blankets for the recovery, and a dressing area in their truck for the scuba divers. Lou DeLucca, first aid instructor instructor for this area, directed the ambulance ambulance crew. McKiniry, who would have been a junior this fall at Freeland High School, had been an honor student throughout high school and his grade school career at Foster-Woodside Foster-Woodside Foster-Woodside School. Born in Hazleton, he was a letter winner on his high school varsity wrestling team and was a member of St. Ann's R. C. Church, Freeland. In addition to his parents, surviving surviving are a brother, Michael, and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Margaret (Spire) Carey, both at home. He is also survived by his godmother, Anna Pezzi, of Drifton, and several aunts and uncles. His material grandfather was the late John Carey of Jeddo No. 5, and his paternal grandparents were the late John and Josephine (Sands) McKiniry of Freeland. The funeral will be held from the McNulty Funeral Home, Freeland. Other funeral arrangements are incomplete. incomplete.