Fred Alsman saved Lonnie R. and Larry G. Bedwell from suffocation, Dugger, Indiana, April 10, 1967. Lonnie, 1, and Larry, 2, were asleep in their bedroom in a one-story frame dwelling, when their mother, who was outside, saw smoke and flames in the kitchen. Unable to enter the house because of conditions therein, she ran to a window of the bedroom and began screaming for help. Alsman, 35, jig and fixture hand, was attracted and ran to the mother, who told him the boys were inside. Climbing onto the windowsill, Alsman knocked out one pane of glass. He crawled into the bedroom and continued beneath the smoke to the bed, where he found Lonnie. The boy was inert. As he carried Lonnie to the window, Alsman began to cough from the smoke. He handed Lonnie through the window opening and then crawled back to the bed. The flames had spread to the adjoining room, and smoke and heat increased as Alsman searched the bed but could not locate Larry. He then saw the boy lying behind the half-opened door of the bedroom. Alsman crawled to within three feet of flames outside the bedroom door and took hold of Larry, who also was inert. Taking Larry to the window, Alsman handed him through the opening and then climbed out. Lonnie and Larry were revived and taken to a hospital, where they were treated for smoke inhalation. They recovered. 49643-5449
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Fred Jewell Alsman, 72, of Dugger, Indiana, passed away at 11:44AM Sunday February 6, 2005 at Greene Co. Community Hospital. He was born in Dugger on April 13, 1932 to William L. Alsman and Mattie Smith Alsman. He was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church in Linton, the Dugger American Legion, he retired from G.E., and was a Navy Veteran, and a farmer. He was preceded in death by two brothers; Ralph, and William Horace Alsman, and one sister; Maxine Marginet. He is survived by his wife Rosemary Robert Alsman, four sons; Floyd Alsman and wife Mary of Vincennes, Dennis Alsman and wife Cheryl of Lyons, Tony Alsman and Mike Alsman both of Dugger, one daughter Terry Bishop and husband Paul of Dugger, eight grandchildren, two step grandchildren, and four step great grandchildren. Funeral services will be 10:00AM Wednesday February 9, 2005 at the Fellowship Baptist Church in Linton with Rev. Warren Allen, and Rev. Gene Hartman officiating. Burial in the Hickory cemetery.