Carl J. Hill helped attempt to save William C. Stott from suffocation, Akron, Ohio, June 29, 1968. When Stott, 43, equipment cleaner, entered a tank car to clean it, he lost consciousness due to a deficiency of oxygen in the enclosed area. He fell prone on the bottom of the tank with his face and mouth partially in water. A workman atop the tank entered it by means of a stationary ladder. He also lost consciousness and fell partially on top of Stott. Other men arrived. One of them entered the tank to aid Stott but also lost consciousness. He fell to the bottom of the tank, where he lay partially atop Stott and the other man. Hill, 32, equipment cleaner supervisor, entered the tank wearing a face mask with a hose attached to a cylinder of compressed air. The hose ruptured, and while the other men were repairing it, Hill continued to the bottom of the tank. He tried to reach Stott, who was beneath the two other men. One of those men roused somewhat and in a stupor attacked Hill. After removing the mask because he was getting no more air through it, Hill subdued the man. He then started to lift Stott but found he was too weak to do so. Although very groggy, Hill climbed the ladder and was aided out of the tank. He recovered. Stott and the two other men were removed from the tank; Stott was pronounced dead, but the others recovered.
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