Max E. Lee helped to rescue Celesta A. McClouskey from burning, Lebanon, Oregon, February 6, 1991. Mrs. McClouskey, 70, was inside her house when fire broke out in the living room. A neighbor, Lee, 66, retired service station owner, ran to the front of the house, where he was met by another neighbor. They heard Mrs. McClouskey moan. As flames issuing from the living room precluded their entering through the front door, Lee and the other man made their way through an attached garage to the back door, which opened into the kitchen. They entered the smoke-filled kitchen together, the other man then moving to Mrs. McClouskey, who lay on the floor of the burning living room. He dragged her into the kitchen, where Lee then grasped her and helped to remove her to the garage and outside to safety. Mrs. McClouskey sustained burns and smoke inhalation and died later that day. Lee sustained smoke inhalation, and he recovered.
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