Hershal B. Sargent, 38, sewage plant attendant, helped to save Roy J. Bartlett from suffocation, Columbus, Ohio, July 3, 1966. (See case of ROY J. BARTLETT.)
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Hershal Baylor Sargent, 87, of Gahanna, Ohio, died on Dec. 20, 2015. Sargent was born on April 21, 1928, in McComas, W.Va., to Henry and Edith (Barger) Sargent.
Sargent, who served in the Navy during World War II, retired after working as a manager at the Columbus Sewage Treatment plant. It was at the treatment plant on July 3, 1966, that Sargent and several others helped to save a 34-year-old plant attendant who lost consciousness while working in a valve pit. Sargent twice entered the pit to help the attendant and another man who also lost consciousness after going to the attendant’s aid. The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission decided in May 1967 to award the Carnegie Medal to five rescuers, including Sargent.
Sargent was a member of Evangel Temple Assembly of God in Gahanna.
He was buried at Mifflin Township Cemetery in Gahanna.
(Edited from an obituary published in The Columbus Dispatch.)