John Edward Larkin saved Gladys E. Waugaman from suffocation, Cleveland, Ohio, October 22, 1984. When fire broke out in the living room and filled her apartment with smoke, Mrs. Waugaman, 63, called for help, then collapsed on the floor of an upstairs bedroom. Next door, Larkin, 32, unemployed security guard, heard her pleas. Requiring a brace on an injured leg, Larkin left his apartment and kicked in the door to Mrs. Waugaman’s. Confronted by intense heat and dense smoke, which limited visibility, Larkin crawled upstairs and found Mrs. Waugaman. Lifting her to his shoulder, he carried her downstairs and out of the apartment. Mrs. Waugaman and Larkin were treated for smoke inhalation and minor burns; they recovered.
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