Theodore J. DeSantis helped to save Victor Dos Santos from suffocation, Sea Isle City, New Jersey, August 26, 1992. Dos Santos, 28, a member of a construction crew, lay overcome by noxious gas at the bottom of 27-foot- deep excavation pit. Another laborer, DeSantis, 36, fashioned a sling from a length of chain suspended from the boom of a crane that was at the site. He then sat in the sling as the craneman lowered him into the pit. At the bottom of the pit, DeSantis pulled Dos Santos off the floor, then repositioned himself in the sling, holding Dos Santos. The crane lifted them to the surface, DeSantis by then nearly overcome by effects of the gas. Dos Santos was revived and taken to the hospital; he survived. DeSantis was hospitalized overnight for treatment of exposure to the gas.
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