Mark A. Hackworth rescued Mary Klinke from burning, Alton, Illinois, November 4, 1979. Mrs. Klinke, a 65-year-old invalid, was alone in her third-floor apartment when fire broke out. Hackworth, 32, retail manager for a chain of food stores, was attracted by the smoke and crawled into the apartment through the door of its porch. Despite very dense smoke, Hackworth found Mrs. Klinke. After patting out flames on her clothing, Hackworth dragged Mrs. Klinke to the porch, from where she was removed to a hospital. She succumbed to burns she had sustained.
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