Charles Edward Meserve died as a result of attempting to save Loran D. Deveau from being struck by a falling tree, Shapleigh, Maine, September 16, 1978. Deveau, 27, was trimming a felled tree when another, partially cut for felling, toppled in his direction. Meserve, 32, oceanographer, ran over uneven ground toward Deveau but tripped and fell. Deveau saw the tree falling and was able to avoid it. The tree struck Meserve, who died later of injuries sustained.
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