Donald L. Satterly, Sr., rescued Amber R. Thomas and Patricia R. Hayes from burning, Louisville, Kentucky, September 2, 1993. Amber, 3, and her grandmother, Ms. Hayes, 41, were in Ms. Hayes’s four-room house when fire broke out in the living room. A neighbor, Satterly, 45, saw smoke issuing from the house and went to the scene. After another man kicked open the front door and attempted a rescue, Satterly also entered, but he too was forced out by dense smoke. Crouching, Satterly re-entered the living room; he grasped Amber, who was several feet from the door, and exited the house with her. Despite rapidly worsening fire conditions, Satterly crawled back into the living room, grasped Ms. Hayes, who lay on the floor, and dragged her to the doorway, from which others removed her. Ms. Hayes was hospitalized for extensive second- and third-degree burns. Amber recovered from minor burns. Satterly sustained second-degree burns to both hands, for which he received hospital treatment, and smoke inhalation. He recovered.
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