Karl Bernhard Weiss helped to save Michael A. Tucker from suffocation, Winter Park, Florida, December 9, 1988. Tucker, 25, was in a bedroom of his first-floor apartment when a faulty heating unit filled the apartment with smoke. A neighbor returning home from work, Weiss, 19, truck loader, saw smoke issuing from the apartment and ran to Tucker’s bedroom window. Seeing Tucker in bed, he entered the apartment through the window and unsuccessfully attempted to remove Tucker, who was unconscious, through the window. Forced outside by smoke, Weiss broke a sliding glass door to the apartment and entered its living room, but again the dense smoke forced him out. Then, with another man, Weiss forced open the apartment’s front door, re-entered the unit, and crawled through the apartment to Tucker’s bedroom. They grasped Tucker and dragged him outside to safety. Tucker required five days’ hospitalization for effects of the ordeal, and Weiss sustained minor smoke inhalation; both recovered.
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