Harold R. McCaskill saved Joseph D. Jowers from burning, Gonzales, Texas, July 26, 1934. At night, Jowers, 65, who was sleeping in a room on the second floor of a frame house, was awakened by smoke. Finding the adjoining hall in flames, he broke a screen at one end of the house and dropped 15 feet to the ground. He was seriously injured in the fall and lay with the lower part of his body projecting under the wall of the house, which was four feet above the ground. Harold, 14, schoolboy, saw him fall and thought he had been killed. The side walls and the roof fell. The wall under which Jowers lay was swaying. Flames swept under the house toward him and swept upward at the end. Hearing Jowers call for help, Harold ran to him and pulled him 10 feet from the house. Intense heat then caused him to let go his hold. He ran 10 feet from Jowers, paused a moment, and then ran again to him. He pulled Jowers 20 feet farther from the house. The wall then fell inward. Jowers was removed to a hospital and recovered. Harold sustained second-degree burns but soon recovered.
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