Larry Eugene Franklin died attempting to save Loren E. Randol from suffocation, Wood River, Illinois, August 12, 1973. While working on a platform atop a 100-foot column at an oil refinery, Randol, 29, was overcome by gas escaping from a pipe there. Franklin, 37, pipefitter, was alerted and quickly climbed a ladder leading to the platform. Reaching the top of the column, Franklin stepped onto the platform and immediately collapsed. Workmen wearing masks climbed to the platform and removed the two men. Randol responded to resuscitation efforts, but Franklin could not be revived.
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