Allen R. Fowler, 38, oil-well worker, saved Claude E. Root, 59, laborer, and Henry S. Dollmetsch, 44, oil-well worker, from burning, Rew, Pennsylvania, December 11, 1938. While Dollmetsch and Root were sleeping in a one-story frame house, fire started in it. Fowler ran to the house and kicked open the front door. Near the doorway flames extended down two feet from the ceiling, and thick smoke extended down to within three feet of the floor. Crouching below the smoke, Fowler quickly walked 12 feet into the room; got hold of Root, who was unconscious; and pulled him out the doorway. Pulling the collar of his jacket over his head, holding his breath, and closing his eyes, Fowler crawled into the room again. Feeling hot and winded, he crawled back to the doorway and stepped outside. Then sliding full length into the room on his stomach, Fowler groped around and got hold of Dollmetsch. Getting to his feet, he swung Dollmetsch, who was unconscious, to the doorway. Dollmetsch fell out of it, and Fowler jumped from it. A few seconds later part of the roof collapsed. Dollmetsch and Root were burned, but they recovered. Fowler sustained minor burns.
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