Willis Danis Ison died attempting to save men from suffocation in a coal mine, Dante, Virginia, April 4, 1978. In a coal mine tunnel, six men were overcome by lack of oxygen. Ison, 45, Mine Safety and Health Administration subdistrict manager, entered the tunnel to give aid but, before he could do so, was overcome. Three of the men survived; but Ison and the others died.
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