Donald F. Melanson helped to rescue Daniel J. E. Williams from burning, Moncton, New Brunswick, October 16, 1992. Williams, 30, lay on the floor of the living room of his basement apartment after fire erupted in the adjoining kitchen and filled the apartment with dense, black smoke. A neighbor, Melanson, 44, off-duty firefighter, entered the apartment and, crawling, searched for Williams. Guided by his moaning, Melanson located Williams, then grasped him and pulled him to the door. Firefighters arrived shortly and removed Williams to safety. Williams was seriously burned and required lengthy hospitalization. Melanson suffered ill effects from exposure to smoke, causing him to seek medical treatment. Both men recovered.
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