Lawrence Gary helped to rescue Shonda D. Green from burning, Baltimore, Maryland, August 22, 1997. Shonda, 17, was unconscious on the dining room floor of a friend’s house after fire broke out in the adjacent living room. Visiting in the neighborhood, Gary, 47, pastor, saw smoke and responded to the scene, where he found flames issuing from the front of the house. At the back of the house, Gary learned that Shonda was still inside. After a woman and another man who had arrived kicked open the back door, Gary and the woman entered the house and began to crawl through it. They exited because of the dense smoke, which precluded visibility. On a subsequent re-entry, Gary crawled into the dining room and found Shonda. He stood, grasped her, and dragged her to the back door, where the woman and others helped to remove her from the house. Shonda sustained serious burns to most of her body and died three weeks later. Gary was treated at the hospital for smoke inhalation, from which he recovered, and other injury.
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