Monte S. McManigell rescued Lisa M. Durbin from burning, Pana, Illinois, March 30, 2000. Lisa, 1, and her brother, 4, were left in their babysitter’s house after fire broke out in the living room and filled the house with dense smoke. McManigell, 38, gas utility worker, was on his way to work when he saw the fire. He stopped at the scene, where he learned that the children were inside the house. As flames covered the front of the one-story structure, McManigell responded to the enclosed back porch and entered. Finding the back door locked, he kicked it in, then, despite dense smoke that precluded visibility, he entered the kitchen. McManigell crawled in search of the children but had to return to the back door for air. Another man who had entered the house then shouted that he had found the children. McManigell re-entered the kitchen and found Lisa unconscious on the floor. He picked her up and ran from the house with her, the other man following with her brother. As Lisa was having difficulty breathing, McManigell gave her mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until her breathing returned to normal. Lisa and her brother required hospital treatment for smoke inhalation and minor burns. McManigell had inhaled smoke and was given oxygen at the scene. He recovered.
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