Imagine the scene, there's a fuel leak at an ethanol plant. An explosive mixture forms itself into a lake: thirty feet by twenty-four and six inches deep. One spark and the whole plant could go up.
Enter recovering alcoholic, Cory Neddermeyer, who sees the 190% proof lake of death and does what any public spirited hero would. He jumps right in. And attempts to drain it. Into his stomach. One sip at a time.
The next thing he remembered was waking up in Crawford County Memorial Hospital. Co-workers had found him in an incoherent state and unable to say his name or the day of the week.
His blood alcohol level was nine times the legal limit and almost double the level that is considered potentially fatal for adults. But he survived. As did the plant.
But - and here comes the rub - instead of rewarding Mr. Neddermeyer's swift action - well, reasonably swift, he had to keep getting out to use the toilet - his bosses sack him.
It's tough being a hero in Iowa.