Martin Charter Ott helped to rescue Martin C. Fredericks, Jr. following the collapse of a roof, Medora, North Dakota, March 26, 1975. The roof of the entranceway to an underground bar collapsed and a large masonry slab pinned Fredericks, 34, to the steps. Among those attracted to the scene were a number of men from the National Park Service, including Ott, 27, ranger. Making their way over fallen rubble, Ott and a maintenance foreman descended to the bottom of the steps and then crawled under the slab to Fredericks. Ott, the foreman, and an equipment operator who worked through an opening under the slab at the top of the stairs, began placing shoring in preparation for jacking up the slab. Precautionary measures were taken lest the slab collapse on the men. After hydraulic jacks had been positioned, the slab was carefully raised enough that Fredericks could be removed from under it. He recovered after hospitalization for his injuries.
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