Michael F. Tromp helped to save John L. Arnold from burning, Buford, Georgia, February 12, 1991. Arnold, 30, was in his double-width mobile home when, at night, fire broke out inside. A neighbor, Tromp, 30, operations manager, was alerted to the fire. He ran to the house and attempted to enter through a back door but was forced out by smoke and heat. Using a timber, he broke out a window in the master bedroom, then climbed to the window and entered the house. Finding Arnold unconscious on the bed in that room, which was filled with dense smoke, Tromp grasped Arnold, dragged him to the window, and pushed him through it to another neighbor, who, with others, took Arnold to safety. Tromp then exited the house, which was destroyed by the fire. Arnold was hospitalized overnight for smoke inhalation, and Tromp was treated for smoke inhalation and lacerations, which required sutures. He recovered.
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