Lorenzo D. Macon, Sr., saved four children from burning, Richmond, California, March 28, 1996. Twin girls, 3, and two boys, 7 and 1, were unattended inside their family’s one-story house when fire broke out in the kitchen. Smoke issuing from the house attracted the attention of neighbors and passersby, including Macon, 34, traffic officer. Learning that children remained inside the burning house, Macon climbed through a broken window into the smoke-filled living room, which was adjacent to the kitchen. Although he heard children screaming, he could not see any of them because of the dense smoke. He walked through the room and located the first child, whom he took to the window and handed to others outside. In similar fashion, Macon located and rescued a second child, then climbed from the house through the window. Learning that two more children remained inside the burning house, Macon climbed through the window again, walked around the living room, and found the remaining two children. He took them to the window and handed them outside to others, then climbed out of the house. The children were treated for smoke inhalation at the hospital, as was Macon. He recovered.
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