Robert K. Sheridan died after helping to save Frank I. Moffet from suffocation, Burford, Ontario, August 10, 1970. Moffet, 59, carpenter, lost consciousness while at the bottom of a deep well in which carbon monoxide fumes had accumulated from a gasoline pump. Sheridan, 48, farmer, was at the scene with his 14-year-old son and an older youth. Descending into the well, Sheridan tied a rope around Moffet. While the youths pulled on the rope, Sheridan boosted Moffet upward; but they could not get him out of the well. At Sheridan’s instructions, the youths obtained a ladder and lowered it into the well. Moffet then was raised from the bottom as the youths pulled on the rope while Sheridan, boosting the inert man, climbed the ladder to about midway up the side of the well. Sheridan gave Moffet a final boost; and the youths pulled him from the well. When they looked back into the opening, they saw Sheridan lying unconscious on the bottom. Sheridan’s son tied a rope around his chest and descended into the well but was overcome after tying a rope around his father. Other help was summoned. Wearing an air mask, a fireman removed the youth and then Sheridan from the well. Moffet and the youth were revived, and they recovered; Sheridan was pronounced dead.
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