Jose Gomez rescued Amelia J. Robitaille from burning, Lansing, Michigan, August 21, 1992. Amelia, 4, was inside her family’s one-story house when fire erupted in a bedroom. Gomez, 31, dairy worker, who lived in the neighborhood, was alerted to the fire and went to the scene, where he learned that Amelia was still inside the burning house. Gomez entered the house through its front door; as dense smoke precluded visibility, he lay on the floor and crawled deeper into the house through a hall, which was adjacent to the burning bedroom. He found Amelia standing in the living room, then turned and took her outside to safety. Amelia required hospital treatment for smoke inhalation, and she sustained a minor burn to one foot. She recovered.
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