Edward K. Pullen III helped to rescue Michael J. and Edna Radice from burning, Trenton, New Jersey, January 14, 1999. Radice, 81, and his wife, 80, were in their apartment, on the second floor of a two-story building, after fire broke out in the living room. En route to work, Pullen, 38, production supervisor, was driving by the building when he saw flames issuing from the apartment’s living-room windows. After reporting the fire on his cellular telephone, Pullen approached the building and kicked in its front door. While he searched the first-floor apartment for occupants, two men who lived in the neighborhood responded and gained entry to the stairway to the second floor. As Pullen returned to his truck for a flashlight, those men went to the second floor and found Radice, who lay semiconscious on the hall floor, outside the living room. Those men removed Radice from the building as Pullen went to the second floor in search of other occupants. Pullen crawled from the top of the stairs through the smoke-filled hall toward the burning living room and was returning to the stairs when he saw Mrs. Radice lying on a mattress in a bedroom adjoining the living room. Pullen entered the bedroom and pulled Mrs. Radice to the floor, then dragged her to the top of the stairs. The two other men had re-entered the house, and they removed Mrs. Radice to safety while Pullen searched the apartment again before having to exit the building because of deteriorating conditions. Radice and his wife required hospitalization for treatment of smoke inhalation and burns.
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