Robert G. Falconer II rescued Fred K. Johnson from burning, Akron, Ohio, October 29, 2006. Johnson, 61, was overcome in the kitchen of his ranch-style house after fire broke out in the adjacent living room and, fueled by stored oxygen, intensified and spread quickly. At his residence across the street, Falconer, 44, police detective, was alerted to the fire. Seeing flames through the living room window of Johnson’s house, Falconer responded to the open door of its integral garage. As he reported the fire, he went through the garage to the door that accessed the kitchen and opened it. Smoke was thick and heat intense in that room. Falconer saw Johnson lying on the floor at a point about 10 feet from the door. He crawled into the kitchen, grasped Johnson by a foot, and then crawled back to the garage, pulling Johnson with him. At the garage, Falconer stood and carried Johnson outside to safety. Johnson was hospitalized for treatment of severe burns, from which he died four months later. The fire destroyed the house.
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