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Don Fleming of Cleveland Browns Electrocuted in Florida

June 4, 1963 - Don Fleming of the Cleveland Browns was electrocuted today in Orlando, Fla., when a cable brushed against a power line at a construction site where he had been working. Mr. Fleming, the NFL team’s regular safety since 1960, and Walter Smith, a 38-year-old worker from Sanford, were killed while standing at each end of a 16-foot pipe as it was being lifted by a crane cable. It was the third tragedy to strike the Browns in recent months. Tom Bloom, a draftee from Purdue University, was killed in an auto accident last winter. Ernie Davis, the halfback, died 17 days ago of leukemia. Mr. Fleming, 25, a native of Ohio, studied building construction at the University of Florida. He had taken the job to stay in condition. He was chosen for the NFL’s All-Star team last year. After the mishap, the two victims were removed to a hospital, where attempts to revive them failed. Mr. Fleming is survived by his widow, the former Rosalie Krasevec of Wheeling, W. Va., and a son, Ty, 1 year old.


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