Myrna Fe Mariscal saved David N. McDowell and three other children from burning, Brooklyn, New York, March 21, 1979. Fire broke out on the first floor of a dwelling, and flames soon covered the rear wall. Mrs. Mariscal, 25, housewife, was passing and noticed smoke at the dwelling. She opened the front door and saw David, 12, standing in a dazed condition in the hall near flames that blocked the top of the basement stairway. Mrs. Mariscal, who was asthmatic, ran beneath accumulating smoke and reached David. She then saw three other children on the basement stairs. As the flames increased, Mrs. Mariscal helped the children to climb through a break in the stairway railing. All then left via the front door.
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