Robert Francis Burau rescued James R. Jones from burning, Roseville, California, August 5, 1996. Jones, 55, was inside his one-story house after fire erupted in the attached garage and spread quickly into the house. A neighbor, Burau, 30, transportation manager, saw smoke issuing from the house and responded to the scene. While other neighbors were attempting entry through the back of the house, Burau approached the front door, which was adjacent to the garage. Opening the door, he saw Jones through the smoke; Jones, who was seriously burned, was in a wheelchair in the house’s front entry. Despite flames then spreading to the entry, Burau went into the house, approached Jones, and, with difficulty, maneuvered the wheelchair to the front door. He then took Jones outside to safety moments before flames were seen issuing through the front door. Jones was hospitalized for treatment of his burns but died one month later.
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