Timothy J. Christophersen died attempting to save Mark O. Gilbertson and D. Mark Kundert from suffocation, Shullsburg, Wisconsin, July 2, 1979. Gilbertson, 18, and Kundert, 29, were overcome in a dry well connected to a septic tank and collapsed in sludge on the bottom about 11 feet below ground level. Christophersen, 24, veterinarian, entered the well and attempted to aid the unconscious men but also was overcome. Rescue personnel removed the three men, but all three were pronounced dead.
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