D. Mark Kundert died attempting to save Mark O. Gilbertson from suffocation, Shullsburg, Wisconsin, July 2, 1979. Gilbertson, 18, was overcome in a dry well connected to a septic tank and collapsed in sludge on the bottom about 11 feet below ground level. Kundert, 29, maintenance engineer, entered the well and attempted to aid Gilbertson but also was overcome. When removed from the well by rescue personnel, both Kundert and Gilbertson were pronounced dead.
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