Christian A. Hubert helped to rescue Elizabeth A. Canning from burning, Lindenhurst, New York, January 29, 2004. In early morning, Canning, 42, was on the upper level of her two-story, split-entry house after fire broke out in a bedroom on that level and filled it with dense smoke. On duty, Hubert, 33, police officer, was alerted to the fire and responded to the scene, arriving just after a neighbor had removed Canning’s brother from the house. Hubert and the neighbor entered the house and crawled the stairs to the upper level, but deteriorating conditions forced them outside for air. Again entering to the upper level, they searched for Ms. Canning, Hubert finding her in a dining area opposite the top of the stairs. The neighbor joined him there, and they took Ms. Canning to a back door, which they then found they could not open. After Hubert broke through the door with his flashlight, he and the neighbor removed Ms. Canning to a deck, from which she was taken to safety. Ms. Canning required hospitalization for treatment of smoke inhalation and minor burns. Hubert and the neighbor also required hospital treatment for smoke inhalation. All recovered.
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