Keith Benson rescued Marcus T. Allen from burning, Chicago, Illinois, April 19, 1988. Marcus, 15 months old, was inside his family’s apartment when fire broke out in a cIoset. Benson, 21, was alerted to the fire and went to the apartment. He immediately entered, but intense heat and dense smoke forced him out. Benson entered a second time, crawled farther into the apartment, and found Marcus near the burning closet. He picked Marcus up and took him to safety. Marcus was hospitalized for burns and smoke inhalation, and he recovered.
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