James Bowman saved Debra J. Powell and Geneva L. Mundy from burning, Marysville, California, May 17, 1989. Mrs. Powell, 26, and her mother, Mrs. Mundy, 61, were inside their mobile home when fire broke out in the living room just after midnight. A neighbor, Bowman, 41, goldsmith, saw the flames and ran to the mobile home’s rear door, which he forced open. Entering the mobile home near the kitchen, he found Mrs. Powell in the nearby hall, and he escorted her outside. Learning that Mrs. Powell’s mother was inside, Bowman re-entered the mobile home, in which flames had by then spread to the kitchen, and found Mrs. Mundy in a bedroom. He grasped Mrs. Mundy and, passing beneath flames, took her to the back door, where he picked her up and carried her outside to safety. The mobile home was shortly engulfed by flames, which also spread to a neighboring mobile home. Mrs. Powell and Mrs. Mundy were treated at the hospital for smoke inhalation, and they recovered. Bowman was given oxygen at the scene and also treated at the hospital for smoke inhalation, and he too recovered.
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