John Joseph Diamond saved Maureen M. Guilfoyle and three others from burning, New York, New York, April 3, 1968. At night fire broke out in a five-story building where Miss Guilfoyle, 19, was asleep in a fourth-floor apartment. Diamond, 43, police detective, and Steven E. Kidan were attracted by flames issuing from the fifth-floor windows. They entered the building, and on the third floor encountered dense smoke. Diamond ascended to the fourth floor, where Miss Guilfoyle had fled from one apartment but was blocked from reaching the stairs by flames issuing from the kitchen door. Diamond ran through the flames and aided Miss Guilfoyle to the stairs. He then ran back and entered the other apartment. Making his way in the dense smoke he found a man and a woman in the kitchen, where flames had appeared. Diamond led them to the living-room door, picking up an eight-year-old boy along the way. In the hall, flames still were issuing from the kitchen door. Carrying the boy, Diamond led the man and the woman down the stairs and out of the building.
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