Chicago, Illinois -- We honor Charles "Charlie" Hart in this week's "Remembering the Heroes" series.
Charlie was working at the Dunham Towing and Wrecking Company on the morning of the Eastland Disaster. The Dunham plant was located on the north side of the Chicago River just a few blocks west of where the Eastland was moored.
When word of the Eastland Disaster reached him, Charlie and two others immediately left their work and ran down to the dock near their plant. Here they commanded a tug, the Rita McDonald, with Charlie taking the wheel. They successfully maneuvered the Rita McDonald to an area of the river where the mass of people struggling to stay alive was the thickest.
Thanks to Charlie's brave efforts, the men pulled between 50 to 100 people from the river that fateful day.