Nathaniel Raines rescued Angelina B. Bice from burning, Birmingham, Alabama, December 15, 1981. Angelina, 4, lay semi-conscious on the floor of a smoke-filled bedroom in her family’s bungalow, which was burning. After twice entering a bedroom window and searching for Angelina without success, Raines, 30, air conditioning mechanic, entered again by another window and, despite blistering heat and dense smoke, located Angelina. Taking her into his arms, he made his way back to the window, from which both fell to the ground. Angelina was hospitalized for severe burns for nearly a month before recovering. Raines recovered from lesser burns and smoke inhalation.
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