Ronald Stephen Nelson rescued Richard S. Schulz from burning, Sacramento, California, September 10, 1992. At night, Richard, nine months old, was in his crib in a bedroom of his family’s one-story house when fire broke out in that room. Nelson, 40, tow truck driver, was visiting a friend in a house next door when he was alerted to the fire. He and the friend went to the scene, entered the living room of the burning house, and alerted its other occupants, who then fled. Hearing Richard cry, Nelson penetrated the house farther, seeing Richard standing in his crib in the burning bedroom, which was illuminated by the flames. Nelson ran to Richard and picked him up, then, shielding the infant against himself, ran from the bedroom and fled the house. Assuming that Richard’s mother was still inside, Nelson re-entered the house, with a hose, and searched briefly for her before fire conditions forced him out. Richard required hospitalization for extensive burns, and Nelson recovered from having sustained lesser effects of the fire.
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