Monroe J. Coleman died after helping to save John J. Ladasky, Jr. from suffocation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 17, 1971. Ladasky, 30, maintenance man, who was working in a gas-line manhole with Coleman, 35, laborer, and the head regulator man, was affected by escaping gas and collapsed. Coleman and his fellow worker dragged Ladasky to a ladder and thrust him upward toward the ground-level opening. Other workmen lifted Ladasky out. Coleman and the head regulator man then also collapsed. Others entered the manhole to give aid but were themselves affected by the gas. When Coleman and the others were removed by firemen, none could be revived. Ladasky recovered after treatment at a hospital.
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