David E. Spencer saved Zachary P. Denais from burning, Point Pleasant, West Virginia, January 28, 1997. Zachary, 9 months old, was in his playpen in a bedroom of his family’s mobile home after fire broke out at night in the kitchen and spread. His uncle, Spencer, 34, was alerted to the fire from a nearby residence. Spencer ran to the scene and immediately entered the mobile home as flames advanced toward the bedroom. He dropped to his hands and knees in the dense smoke and, hearing Zachary cry, crawled to the bedroom and entered it. He bumped into the playpen, then grasped Zachary, held him to his chest, and crawled back to the door and outside to safety. By then, flames had reached the area of the door.
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