Raymond A. Going, Jr., saved Biggio Ferrara from burning, Garden City South, New York, April 4, 2003. Ferrara, 80, called for help from the first-floor bathroom of his two-story house after fire broke out in the adjoining kitchen and grew, filling the house with dense smoke. A neighbor, Going, 35, off-duty firefighter, responded to the scene, where he found that flames blocked direct access to the bathroom. Going then broke out the glass of a window in another room adjoining the bathroom and climbed through it. Crouching, he searched through the dense smoke for Ferrara, calling him by name. He found Ferrara in the vicinity of the bathroom doorway and, grasping him by his clothing, pulled him to the open window. He passed Ferrara through the window to a police officer who had arrived, then exited the house himself through the window. Ferrara was hospitalized two weeks for treatment of smoke inhalation, and he recovered.
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