Garth Snyder helped to rescue Louis C. Fancher from burning, Jensen Beach, Florida, February 14, 1995. Fancher, 71, was inside his residence, a mobile home with an attached, enclosed porch, after fire erupted in the bedroom at night. A neighbor, Snyder, 66, retired businessman, was alerted to the fire. Responding to the scene, he crawled into the enclosed porch but was repelled by dense smoke and intense heat. He withdrew. He re-entered but again was forced out by conditions. A third time Snyder crawled into the porch; he entered the mobile home and found Fancher, unconscious, on the floor. Snyder grasped Fancher and pulled him into the porch. An arriving sheriff’s deputy joined Snyder in pulling Fancher outside to safety as flames spread rapidly, consuming the structure. Fancher was seriously burned and died the following day. Snyder was given oxygen at the scene, and he recovered from exposure to smoke.
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