Elmer Lee Boyd died saving Glandon R. Cathey from suffocation, Dover, Tennessee, July 24, 1982. Cathey, 35, was overcome by fumes at the bottom of a dry 30-foot-deep water well in which he had been working. From the surface of the well, Boyd, 41, carpenter, shouted for help, then immediately descended into the well by means of a steel cable suspended inside. He put Cathey into a bucket attached to the cable and rode with him toward the surface of the well as the bucket was winched to the surface. Halfway to the top, Boyd fell from the bucket. Cathey was taken to the surface and revived. Boyd was removed from the well, but he could not be revived.
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