Kevin J. Krasneck rescued Alae-Eldeen M. and Mohammed M. Khalil from burning, Chicago, Illinois, August 1, 1994. Brothers Alae-Eldeen, 6, and Mohammed, 3, were unconscious in a bedroom of their family’s one-story house after fire broke out in the living room. The rest of the family escaped. Krasneck, 33, off-duty firefighter, was among the neighbors and others who responded to the scene and attempted a rescue. He entered the house through a window in the bedroom adjacent to the boys’ room and, despite intense heat and dense smoke which precluded visibility, crawled into the boys’ room. He found Alae-Eldeen, then carried him to the window that he had entered and handed him out to another man. Krasneck returned to the bedroom for Mohammed, whom he also took to the window. After handing Mohammed outside to safety, Krasneck exited the house. Alae-Eldeen and Mohammed were hospitalized for treatment of smoke inhalation and burns; they recovered. Krasneck also received hospital treatment for smoke inhalation, and he too recovered.
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