Rejuvia Lynn Driggers rescued Betty J. Douberly from burning, Jesup, Georgia, February 21, 1995. Ms. Douberly, 59, was inside her one-story home after fire broke out on the back porch. Her great-niece, Ms. Driggers, 19, who lived next door, learned of the fire and went to the scene. By then, flames had spread from the porch into the adjacent room where Ms. Douberly lay, unconscious, on the floor. Ms. Driggers entered the house through its front door and, forced to crawl by dense smoke, advanced about 25 feet through two rooms to reach Ms. Douberly. Ms. Driggers extinguished flames on Ms. Douberly, then grasped her and crawled back outside, pulling her. Seriously burned, Ms. Douberly required extensive hospitalization. Ms. Driggers was hospitalized overnight for treatment of smoke inhalation, and she recovered.
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