Douglas L. Eggleson attempted to save Paulette J. Conger from suffocation, Brier Hill, New York, February 11, 1971. Fire broke out on the ground floor of a two-story frame dwelling where Paulette, two months, was asleep in a bassinet on the floor of the kitchen. Eggleson, 33, state highway employee, learned of the situation, broke a window, and entered the kitchen, which was filled with dense smoke. Eggleson was within two feet of the nearest flames as, groping about, he located the bassinet. He carried it to the window and handed it to Paulette’s mother outside. Eggleson then climbed out, coughing from smoke he had inhaled. Paulette was removed to a hospital but was pronounced dead of suffocation.
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