Hugh A. Robertson, 30, state wildlife protector, saved J. Larry, 10, and Judith C. Potts, 7, respectively, from burning, Statesville, North Carolina, November 11, 1950. At night while Larry and his sister Judith were asleep in adjoining bedrooms of a one-story house of wallboard construction, fire broke out at the rear of the house; and the flames spread rapidly and rose six feet above the roof. Robertson was awakened at his house nearby and ran 60 feet to the front door, which was locked. Lunging against the glass door-pane, he shattered it and entered. He ran through the livingroom to Larry’s bedroom, the walls of which were afire in places. Heat was intense. Robertson lifted Larry from the bed and ran carrying him through the living room to the front door. Larry awakened as Robertson thrust him outside. Dense flames then covered the wall from the floor to the ceiling at the opposite side of the living room; and thick, acrid smoke extended three feet downward from the ceiling. The floor was partially afire. Passing within two feet of the flames, Robertson raced through the living room to Judith’s room, which rapidly was filling with smoke. He clasped Judith to his chest and ran in a crouched position to the front door. A burst of flames suddenly filled the living room. Robertson lunged through the doorway, thrusting Judith ahead of him into the yard. Meanwhile other members of the family had escaped from the house, which was destroyed by the flames. Robertson sustained chest, hand, and knee lacerations and foot burns which healed in nine days.
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