Charles T. Walt helped to save Mark A. and Sylvester J. Allen from suffocation, Green Bay, Wisconsin, June 13, 1984. Mark, 28, was overcome by methane and collapsed while working in an enclosed, below-ground manure pit on his farm. Standing nearby, Walt, 47, service representative, alerted help, then jumped into the pit to pull Mark out, but he too was overcome. After regaining consciousness, Walt climbed out, obtained a rope, and re-entered the pit. He was attempting to put the rope around Mark when Sylvester, Mark’s father, entered the pit and fainted almost immediately. Walt was overcome again, but he regained consciousness and left the pit for more help. Returning, he entered the pit a third time. He held Mark’s and Sylvester’s heads out of the 10-inch-deep manure, during which time he lapsed in and out of consciousness. Firemen arrived and removed all three from the pit. Mark and Sylvester were hospitalized three days and Walt overnight for methane exposure. They recovered.
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