Dale Savage rescued Joseph B. McGraw from suffocation, Lawrenceville, New York, June 14, 1993. McGraw, 46, was working inside a silo on his farm when he experienced difficulty breathing. He called for help. A farm hand, Savage, 28, heard him and climbed the 70-foot silo through an enclosed chute. From the top of the silo, Savage saw McGraw at a point about halfway down, at the level of the fermenting silage. Savage descended to that point and opened an access door, which allowed McGraw to enter the chute. After helping McGraw through the door, Savage grasped him and began to descend. Both men lost consciousness shortly but remained in the chute, as they were wedged. Others alerted to the situation had fresh air blown into the silo, and, after several minutes, Savage regained consciousness. He continued his descent, slowly, still holding McGraw. Upon reaching the ground, both men were taken to the hospital, where McGraw was detained for four days and Savage was treated for exposure to poisonous gas.
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