Adam Ray Adorni rescued Delia R. Sears from burning, McKinleyville, California, October 18, 2000. Ms. Sears, 81, and her son were in their double-width mobile home after fire broke out in the living room at night. A neighbor, Adorni, 25, commercial fisherman, was alerted to the fire and responded to the scene. He went to the back door of the mobile home and shouted inside. When he heard Ms. Sears respond, Adorni crawled through the door into the smoke-filled kitchen and found her lying on the floor about 10 feet away. He grasped Ms. Sears and dragged her to the door, then outside to safety. After walking Ms. Sears away from the mobile home, Adorni returned to it for her son, but flames by then had advanced to the back door and precluded entry. The son died in the fire. Ms. Sears was hospitalized for treatment of second- and third-degree burns to 30 percent of her body, and she died five weeks later, of effects of the fire.
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