John Pasdo saved three persons and attempted to save another from suffocation, Chicago, Illinois, December 12, 1974. When fire broke out in an office on a building’s ground floor, smoke infiltrated the second floor, where apartments were located. By means of an outside stairway, Pasdo, 57, operating engineer, thrice entered the second-floor hall. Each time, despite the increasing smoke, he led a person out of the building. When he heard a muffled call for help, Pasdo twice crawled into the hall beneath the smoke; but he could not locate anyone. Coughing from the smoke, he returned to the outside. Moments later an explosion on the ground floor spread the flames. Firemen found a woman dead in the office where the fire had originated.
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