James P. Barr saved Joseph Guarano from suffocation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, May 25, 1932. Guarano, 32, laborer, was overcome by gas in a vault and lay unconscious in water two feet deep on the bottom six feet below the surface. Barr, 26, truck driver, lowered himself through an opening into the vault, and standing on a water main, he raised Guarano somewhat with one arm and extended his other arm toward the opening. Before men at the opening could aid him, he fell off the water main, and Guarano again fell into the water. Although he was being affected by the gas, Barr raised Guarano, and the other men pulled him out of the vault. Barr raised his arms to the men and was then pulled to the surface. He collapsed and was disabled for 12 days. Guarano recovered.
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