Terry V. Allshouse died attempting to save Matthew A. Stoffer from suffocation, Twinsburg, Ohio, September 1, 2000. Stoffer, 26, lost consciousness in the oxygen-deficient atmosphere of the below-ground sewer vault in which he was working. He collapsed to the bottom of the 25-foot-deep vault. A coworker, Allshouse, 53, surveyor, was at the vault’s ground-level opening, as was the crew chief. The crew chief left to summon help and upon his return minutes later found that Allshouse was collapsed inside the vault. Firefighters arrived shortly and ventilated the vault, then entered and determined that neither Stoffer nor Allshouse exhibited vital signs. Both had died of asphyxiation.
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