Joseph Douglas McKay saved Rebecca Zamarripa and Claire L. Mora-Zamarripa from burning, New Westminster, British Columbia, August 13, 1993. Rebecca, 1, and her mother, Ms. Mora-Zamarripa, 29, were in the bedrooms of their seventh-floor apartment when fire erupted in the living room at night. McKay, 30, ice packer, who lived in an adjacent apartment, learned of the fire and responded to the burning apartment, entering it. Dense smoke was filling the apartment, and heat was intense. McKay crawled into Rebecca’s bedroom, found her in a crib, and took her outside the apartment, then returned for her mother. Again crawling, he went into Ms. Mora-Zamarripa’s bedroom and found her lying in bed, showing no sign of consciousness. McKay picked her up and carried her out of the bedroom and from the apartment to safety. All three required hospital treatment for smoke inhalation.
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