Franklin L. Henderson saved Anthony V. Viero from burning, Rialto, California, February 15, 1984. Viero, 68, who was confined to a wheelchair, was trapped in the doorway of his trailer after reporting a fire inside. A neighbor, Henderson, 72, retired mechanic, ran to Viero’s trailer and, despite having a heart condition, entered through thick smoke. He freed Viero and dragged him from the trailer moments before an explosion blew out the trailer’s windows and engulfed it in flames. Viero required hospital treatment for smoke inhalation. Henderson was hospitalized for smoke inhalation and a broken vertebra, which he suffered when he fell while dragging Viero.
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