Brian V. Pakka saved Pamela J. Geist and died attempting to save Mark L. Olson from suffocation, Golden, Colorado, September 2, 1982. While cleaning a large tank with a toxic solvent, Mrs. Geist, 32, was overcome by fumes despite the protective gear she wore, and she collapsed inside the tank. Olson, 26, entered the tank for her, but he too was overcome by fumes and collapsed. Pakka, 28, brewery lead man, entered the tank, lifted Mrs. Geist, and climbed to the tank’s opening, through which Mrs. Geist was removed by others. She was revived. Pakka then descended into the tank for Olson, but he was overcome by fumes. Both he and Olson died.
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