Brian Eugene Newbanks saved Mindy L. Dulaney from burning, Mineralwells, West Virginia, September 14, 1993. Mindy, 2, was in a bedroom of a mobile home after fire erupted in a room nearby. A neighbor, Newbanks, 18, laborer, was alerted to the fire and went to the scene, where he learned that Mindy remained inside the burning mobile home. He climbed through a window into her bedroom, where dense smoke rendered visibility nil. Newbanks groped in search of Mindy, having to return to the window for air repeatedly. After some moments, Mindy began to cry, enabling Newbanks to find her, on the floor. He picked her up, took her to the window, and handed her outside to safety, then climbed through the window himself. Mindy was uninjured, but Newbanks was examined for smoke inhalation at the emergency room. He recovered.
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