Henry C. Jones attempted to save William H. Lee from burning, Endicott, New York, November 3, 1933. As Lee, 46, connected an extension wire from an electric fan with an electric switch box in the pump room in the basement of a building, fumes from gasoline, benzol, and other highly inflammabfle liquids ignited, and the room was filled with flames. He stood near a window that afforded the only means of entrance to the pump room, but he was too dazed to get out. Jones, 36, steamfitter, had been on the sill of the window three feet above the ground and four feet above the floor of the room and was thrown six feet from the building. Getting to his feet and reaching over the sill, he got hold of Lee, but his grasp slipped. Flames issued two or three feet from the upper half of the window, which was but 30 inches high. Jones leaned into the window, passed his hands around Lee to his back, and, clasping him tightly, drew him out. Lee’s clothing was almost entirely burned off him, and he died 10 hours later. Jones sustained serious burns and was fully disabled for three months. 33561-2811
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Henry C. Jones, 91, of Endicott, N.Y., died on March 22, 1989. He was a veteran of World War I, serving with the U.S. Marines. He was a retired employee of the Endicott Johnson Corp., where he worked for more than 40 years.
(Edited from an obituary provided by a family member.)