Maine's rivers can be deadly cold in the spring months. In April the ice has been gone less than a month and in very short time hypothermia can set in and claim victims. So on April 21, 2011 when Graham, working at Rumery's boat yard heard yelling that someone was in the water he acted quickly. Using a small boat, Graham rowed out to the middle of the river, where a man was clinging to a buoy. Graham pulled the 63 year old man into the boat, bringing him to shore while fighting a strong current. The person in the water had leapt from the Main Street bridge and would surely have died with Graham's timely intervention. Sgt. Bruce Cote honored Graham by presenting him with a challenge coin for his quick action.