In the city of Moscow there stand a statue representing a man dragging a woman and child from the water, and the story of this: Czar Peter the Great had been ill of a fever, and while convalescent walked out one day, against the advice of his physicians. His steps led to the river, and there he saw a peasant woman and her child struggling in the water, for it was winter and the ice had given way as they attempted to cross. Unhesitatingly the great czar plunged in, and after a hard fight, brought the two safe to shore, but the shock caused a recurrence of the fever and he died.
 - Paul L. Anderson