Ronald J. Heck helped to save Shelly S. J., and helped attempt to save Eldon D., Radies from suffocation, Glidden, Saskatchewan, August 22, 1998. Eldon, 25, was overcome by fumes while working on a gasoline-fueled pump in a 12-foot-deep cistern on his farm. He fell from a ladder into water more than five feet deep. His wife, Shelly, 22, saw him fall and, after telephoning for help, entered the cistern for him. She too was overcome by fumes and fell into the water. Others in the area, including Heck, 47, businessman, and his brother responded to the scene. Heck’s brother entered the cistern and tied a rope around Shelly, then exited and helped Heck and others to pull her up. The rope around her gave way, and she fell back into the water. Heck then entered the cistern, retied the rope around Shelly, and exited, and Heck and the others pulled Shelly out. Heck entered the cistern again, tied the rope around Eldon, then, exiting, helped the others pull Eldon out in similar fashion. Shelly was revived, then she and Heck and his brother were examined at the hospital, where Shelly was detained overnight. They recovered. Eldon could not be revived.
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