Alex Chore, 33, bulldozer operator, saved Rochelle L. Rhyno, three months, from burning, Rutland, British Columbia, October 12, 1964. A container of naphtha exploded in the kitchen of a one-story frame dwelling, setting fire to the floor and badly burning the one-year-old sister of Rochelle and a sixteen-year-old girl who was serving as babysitter. The babysitter grasped the girl and ran from the dwelling, in which Rochelle and her two-year-old sister were asleep in separate bedrooms. Chore and another man were summoned by a neighbor. Flames then filled the kitchen and living room and had broken through the roof. Moving around the dwelling, the men heard Rochelle crying. The other man tore off the screen from the bedroom window, and Chore broke the glass with his fists. Smoke poured from the opening as Chore climbed into the room. The door leading to the living room was closed. Heat was intense. Chore could see nothing but, guided by Rochelle’s cries, he moved along the walls until he reached the bed. He picked up Rochelle, followed the walls back to the window, and handed her through the opening to the other man. Chore then thrust his head outside for air and said he was going to check for others. Again moving along the walls, he probed the bed thoroughly but found no one. Heat increased. Hearing fire trucks, Chore returned to the window and climbed out. Firemen extinguished the flames and found the body of the two-year-old girl in the other bedroom. The one-year-old girl recovered, but the babysitter died.
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