Michael A. Calderon attempted to save Antonette P. Valesquez from suffocation, San Jose, California, July 3, 1970. In the early morning, fire broke out in the living room of a one-story frame dwelling where Antonette, four months, was asleep in an adjoining bedroom. Michael, 14, schoolboy, was attracted and ran to the front door of the dwelling as Antonette’s mother was aided from the smoke-filled house. Learning that Antonette still was inside, Michael entered the living room. He covered his nose with his undershirt and made his way through the smoke to the bedroom, where with some difficulty he located Antonette. By then he was coughing almost constantly and having difficulty in breathing. Michael picked Antonette up in his arm and started back toward the front door. With one hand in front of him as a shield, he made his way to the living room. Probing along the wall, he reached the front door and emerged from the dwelling. Artificial respiration was administered to Antonette, who was removed to a hospital but was pronounced dead.
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