Obv: awarded to August Zimmerman who on June 21, 1900 rescued John Meyer of Suttenberg, New Jersey from drowning in the Harlem River. The U.S. Volunteer Life Savings Corps operated in 15 states where there were no federally funded life saving stations. In some areas it was a supplement to the U.S. Life Saving service. Memorabilia from the V.L.S.C. is exceptionally scarce and is quite popular. This badge is loaded with turn of the century charm featuring a pin back hanger surmounted by a spread wing eagle with the name of the recipient above a rescue scene. Suspended from that is a figural piece of a rescue team in a rowboat attending to a victim, and from the the V.L.S.C. logo with the Seal of New York is inscribed RESCUE / HARLEM R. JUNE 21, 1900. along with STERLING stamps and makers name FRED LEOPOLD / 149 FULTON ST. N.Y.