Gerald M. Farmer, Jr., saved Frances S. Gray from burning, Wakefield, Virginia, February 12, 1994. Ms. Gray, 87, was asleep on the second floor of her two-story home when fire erupted in the kitchen. Passing motorists discovered the fire and stopped at a nearby convenience store, where they alerted the clerk, Farmer, 38. Farmer responded to the scene, where, despite a partially disabling knee injury, he kicked in the side door and entered the living room of the burning and smoke-filled house. He called out to Ms. Gray, who was making her way down the stairs. Farmer crawled across the living room, through dense smoke, and found Ms. Gray at the stairs, then grasped her ankle and pulled her as he crawled back to the door. There, he stood and carried Ms. Gray out of the house. Both were treated for smoke inhalation, and they recovered.
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