Edward Hall rescued Aaron D. Callender from burning, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 30, 1995. At night, Aaron, 6, and his brother were in a third-floor bedroom of their babysitter’s apartment when fire erupted on the floor below, in the apartment’s living room. Hall, 34, security officer for the housing complex that included the three-story building, responded to the scene and went to the apartment’s first floor. Flames were spreading inside the living room, producing intense heat and dense smoke. Crossing the living room, Hall continued upstairs, to the bedrooms. Unable to see in the smoke, he followed Aaron’s cries and found him outside a bedroom door. Hall picked Aaron up and returned to the living room, which was then engulfed by flame. Carrying Aaron, Hall ran through flames then downstairs to the first floor and outside to safety. Aaron was severely burned and required hospital treatment. Hall was hospitalized 10 days for treatment of extensive burns, including third-degree, to his hands, head, and face.
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