Frank Aldecoa helped to rescue G. Michael Martinez from a cave-in, Superior, Arizona, May 10, 1982. Martinez, 29, was one of four miners who attempted to rescue a fifth who was pinned by wet sand and concrete, ore, rock, and timber in a copper mine cave-in. Further collapse struck and severely injured Martinez. Aldecoa, 24, miner, and other miners were alerted, and despite continually falling debris, he joined three of the miners who were carrying Martinez to safety. The four took Martinez from the dangerous area shortly before he died of his injuries.
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