Daryl A. Harper died attempting to save James C. Kizer, Jr., from an impending explosion, Beaumont, Texas. November 29, 1974. While Kizer, 28, was working at a chemical plant furnace pump that controlled the flow of a cooling agent containing ammonium sulfide and hydrocarbon, a rupture occurred in the pump. Struck by the gushing fluid with its lethal and flammable vapors, Kizer collapsed. Harper, 35, chemical operator, put on an air mask, ran to Kizer, and started to lift him from the ground. There was a violent explosion that caused widespread damage, injured other workmen, and killed both Harper and Kizer.
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