Henry David Thoreau was a naturalist philosopher who became famous after living alone in a primitive cabin near Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts. He once said, "Nature is fair in proportion as the youth is pure," and he was proven right last Sunday in the middle of Walden itself.

                                                                                                          Concord Fire Department
Herman Tsakhaev, 9, of Sudbury, and Bodie Thompson, 11, of Lincoln, were paddleboarding on Walden Pond when they noticed a struggling swimmer. He had a leg cramp and might have drowned, if the boys had not paddled to him and hauled them onto one of their boards. They took him to shore where rescue personnel were waiting. Bodie said if it happened again, he would do what he could. Herman agreed, adding that anyone would have done what they did.