Jackie L. Rowan rescued Andrew J. Hester from burning, Garland, Texas, December 4, 1986. Andrew, 2, lay in his crib when fire erupted in an adjacent room. His mother attempted to enter Andrew’s room for him, but she was repulsed by heavy smoke. She ran outside and screamed for help. Working in the area, Rowan, 42, contractor, heard her cries and ran to the scene. He climbed through a window into Andrew’s bedroom and, despite heavy smoke which precluded visibility, crawled to Andrew’s crib and lifted him out. Guided by the sound of voices outside, Rowan crawled back to the window and handed Andrew out to the others. Rowan then dived out the window to safety. Andrew was hospitalized overnight for minor burns, from which he recovered.
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