Kayla Jean Garrigan died after saving Christopher A. Walters from burning, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, May 12, 1995. At night, Christopher, 12, was in his second-floor bedroom after fire broke out in the kitchen, on the first floor. His sister, Kayla, 7, was asleep in the living room when she woke to the fire. As the children’s mother attempted to extinguish the flames and call the fire department, then rescued a younger child, Kayla went upstairs for Christopher. She alerted him to the fire, which was spreading quickly. Christopher and Kayla retreated to the bedroom, where Christopher opened a window for their escape. Having lost Kayla in the smoke, Christopher jumped through the window to the ground. Firefighters who arrived shortly removed Kayla from the bedroom. She was taken to the hospital where she died of effects of the fire. Christopher required hospital treatment for injuries sustained jumping from the window.
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