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Found in WSLS-TV (Roanoke, VA) News Film Collection, 1951 to 1971 1958 August

In Roanoke, Va., George E. Heller Elected as New Commander of Virginia's American Legion; U.S. Route 58 Damaged in Flood; National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis Film Crew Documents Polio Outbreak in Southwest Virginia

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The WSLS-TV News Film Collection, 1951-1971, comprises anchor scripts and 16mm news film created by Roanoke, Va., television station WSLS. A grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities funded the preservation and digitization of this collection.

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2 min., 06 sec.
Reverend John Howard congratulates George E. Heller on his election as commander of the Virginia American Legion. Horses tread through high water and people survey the damage done to a ten-mile stretch of U.S. Route 58 after heavy flooding. A crew from the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis films two young polio victims encased in negative pressure ventilators (also called iron lungs) at Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
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