Samantha L. Wood saved Brian Dawkins from burning, Sterling Heights, Michigan, October 17, 2006. Brian, 4, was in one end of his family’s mobile home after fire broke out in the other end and filled the structure with dense smoke. At a residence nearby, Wood, 34, homemaker, saw the fire and responded to the scene, where she learned that Brian was still inside. Despite flames issuing from the mobile home and spreading inside it, she entered and, crawling, searched for Brian. Hearing his voice, she located him in a bedroom closet. Wood pulled Brian from the closet and, clutching him to herself, crawled back to the door and exited to safety. Brian and Wood were treated at the scene, then Wood received hospital treatment for smoke inhalation.
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