Billy Ray Evans helped to rescue G. Michael Martinez from a cave-in, Superior, Arizona, May 10, 1982. Martinez, 29, was one of four miners who attempted to rescue a fifth who was pinned by wet sand and concrete, ore, rock, and timber in a copper mine cave-in. Further collapse struck and severely injured Martinez. Evans, 30, miner, and other miners were alerted, and despite continually falling debris, he and two others went to Martinez and began to carry him to safety. Joined by another miner, they carried Martinez from the dangerous area; he died of his injuries shortly after.
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