Marian Viola Akins saved Gloria Y. Akins from burning, Oil City, Pennsylvania, November 28, 1930. Gloria, 3, was in the bathroom on the second floor of her home when Marian, 19, descending a stairway to the first floor, discovered fire in the living room. Marian quickly picked up Gloria’s eight-month-old sister and took her to a house nearby. She ran back to the burning house, entered a room adjoining the living room, plunged into the living room, which was entirely ablaze, and ran a few feet to the stairway. She ascended and through dense smoke groped her way to a rear window in a room adjoining the bathroom. After trying to open the window, she ran into the bathroom, broke a window, and lowered Gloria to a man who was on the roof of a shed five feet lower than the window. Marian then pitched out of the window, striking the man’s shoulders. Both fell. Almost at once fire flared out of other windows. Marian was seriously burned, but she recovered.
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