John Krupo, Jr., 11, school-boy, died as the result of attempting to save Charles Pronishion, 31, student, from burning, Lost Creek, Pennsylvania, April 3, 1949. At night while Pronishion slept in the rear bedroom on the second floor of the Krupo home, fire broke out and spread to his room. John, who slept in the front bedroom, was awakened by his father and assisted through a window to the roof of the porch. As the father began to lower other members of the family to men below, John climbed back into the bedroom, despite his mother’s warning not to enter the house. He was heard inside the house calling repeatedly for Pronishion. John next was observed emerging into the front bedroom from a hallway adjacent to the door of Pronishion’s room, as flames six feet high suddenly became visible there. John ran across the bedroom; broke out glass of another window; and fell into the arms of his father, who lowered him from the roof. John was severely burned and died nine hours later. The house was destroyed by flames. Pronishion died in the fire.
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