William F. Goldstrom rescued Samuel A. Mangus, Sr., from electric shock, North Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, April 25, 1981. At the scene of a house fire, Mangus, 54, was at the fire truck and was cranking up an aluminum extension ladder when it came into contact with an overhead power line with a capacity of 25,000 volts of electricity. Goldstrom, 48, tire store proprietor, was standing nearby and saw that Mangus was receiving an electrical charge. Running to the fire truck, Goldstrom, while in motion, used his shoulder to knock the unconscious Mangus free of the electrical contact. Mangus was revived; and he recovered after hospitalization for electrical burns. 57738-6547
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William F. Goldstrom, 81, of Las Vegas, formerly of Vandergrift, Pa., died at the University Medical Center in Las Vegas on May 26, 2014.
Born on Aug. 19, 1932, in Vandergrift, Goldstrom was the son of Harry and Viola John Goldstrom. He served in the Army as a medic during the Korean War from 1953 to 1954.
Goldstrom was a member of the First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Vandergrift. As well as being a volunteer firefighter, he served as company chief of special services and was also the civil defense chief. He owned and operated Goldstrom Tire Shop in Vandergrift. One of his many accomplishments was being a recipient of the Carnegie Medal, which is the nation’s highest civilian award given to persons who perform extraordinary acts of heroism.
Cremation took place under the direction of the Davis Funeral Home in Las Vegas.
(Edited from an obituary by Trib Total Media.)