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In 1912, Garrett A. Morgan, an African-American soldier, invented a ”safety hood and smoke protector” to protect soldiers fighting in World War I from chlorine gas fumes. He received a patent for this device in 1914.

Two years later, 32 workers were trapped inside a tunnel being constructed under Lake Erie after a gas explosion. Morgan and a team of volunteers donned the new gas masks and rescued many of the men. Morgan was awarded a medal of honor from the city of Cleveland and gas masks were soon in fire departments all over the nation.

Content courtesy of the Ah Ha! Discovery Deck, developed by John Cronin at the ipCapital Group to help inventors solve real-world problems.

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