Dorothy B. Whittington died attempting to save Kristi N. Mitchell from burning, Smithdale, Mississippi, December 23, 1983. Three-month-old Kristi was asleep at the home of her grandmother, Mrs. Whittington, 63, a retired floral clerk, when fire broke out in another part of the house and awakened its occupants. After trying to report the fire but finding the telephone inoperable, Mrs. Whittington, despite being close to an outside door, ran back into a smoke-filled bedroom for Kristi. As conditions in the house worsened rapidly, Mrs. Whittington took Kristi into her arms and made her way to a window in another bedroom, where she was overcome. Efforts by family members to reach them failed. Both died.
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