Martin L. Hogue rescued Eleanor Ramos from burning, Visalia, California, December 16, 1996. Ms. Ramos, 73, was inside her one-story house after fire erupted in a bedroom and spread quickly. Attempting to flee, she was overcome by smoke and fell to the floor in the kitchen. A neighbor, Hogue, 45, saw the flames and responded to the scene, where he learned that Ms. Ramos remained inside the burning house. Hogue entered the living room through the front door. Dense smoke forcing him to his knees, he crawled into the adjoining kitchen, calling Ms. Ramos by name but hearing nothing in response. In the kitchen, Hogue brushed against Ms. Ramos, then stood, grasped her by the ankles, and dragged her outside. Ms. Ramos required hospitalization for treatment of smoke inhalation and burns. Hogue recovered from exposure to smoke.
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