Captain John F. Gilooly
Louisville's most famous life saver at the Falls of the Ohio, Captain John F. (Jack) Gilooly (1855 - 1926), assisted in or effected the saving of 6,312 persons, property valued at $5,500,00, and recovery of 400 bodies of drowning victims. Perhaps his most famous rescue was in 1914, when he and crew saved 215 New Orleans Mardi Gras-bound passengers aboard the steamer Queen City, and "not one had a wet foot." Gilooly and his crew refused the $5,000 reward the grateful revelers presented him, but asked instead that the life saving service be made a part of the U.S. Coast Guard, which was accomplished in 1915.
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