Raymond J. Grundler helped to save John J. Ladasky, Jr. and died attempting to save others from suffocation, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 17, 1971. Ladasky, 30, maintenance man, who was working in a gas-line manhole with two other men, was affected by escaping gas and collapsed. His fellow workers dragged Ladasky to a ladder and thrust him upward toward the ground-level opening. Grundler, 32, gas service man, entered the manhole and pushed Ladasky up the ladder to others, who lifted him out. When Ladasky’s two fellow workers also collapsed, other workmen entered to try to remove them but were themselves affected by the gas. Grundler re-entered the manhole to give aid and almost immediately was overcome. When Grundler and the others were removed by firemen, none could be revived. Ladasky recovered after treatment at a hospital.
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