Michael F. Caccavale helped to rescue Irving Branzburg and Nathaniel Weiss following an explosion, New York, New York, December 11, 1970. Branzburg, 50, printer, and Weiss, 50, court reporter, were in a shop on the ground floor of a three-story building when an explosion occurred. Both were injured and trapped in the debris. Caccavale, 37, chauffeur, was among persons attracted. He saw Branzburg and Weiss and entered the wrecked building to aid them. Amid hanging beams and severed wires, Caccavale tried to free the two men. A fellow employee of Caccavale then entered the shop and aided in carrying Branzburg out. They returned and attempted in vain to free Weiss. Caccavale and the other man, searching for something with which to pry the debris from Weiss, were outside the shop when a second explosion occurred, enveloping the building in flames. Weiss, who somehow had been extricated from the rubble, crawled to the sidewalk. Caccavale ran to Weiss and dragged him away. Branzburg and Weiss recovered.
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