Hsien-li Chang helped to rescue Walter Wiggan from burning, San Francisco, California, January 11, 1988. Wiggan, 71, lay unconscious on the floor of his burning apartment. Alerted to the fire, Chang, 70, a retired electrical engineer who lived in the same building, opened the apartment door and, despite dense smoke inside, entered the apartment for Wiggan. Chang found Wiggan but was forced to retreat because of the smoke. Crawling, he then re-entered the apartment several more times and pulled Wiggan closer to the door before having to retreat to the hall for air each time. Another man entered the apartment with Chang, and together they pulled Wiggan the remaining distance out. Wiggan required hospitalization for his burns. Chang sustained smoke inhalation, for which he was examined at the hospital, and he recovered.
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