Sean Christopher Hough helped to rescue a boy from burning, McHenry, Illinois, May 15, 2003. At night, a one-year-old boy was in his crib in a bedroom on the upper level of his family’s house after fire broke out in a room on the main level and spread. Hough, 31, teacher, then a neighbor, was alerted to the fire and immediately responded to the scene. By mounting the railing of a deck, then a ladder, he and another neighbor who had responded were able to reach the window to the boy’s room. They broke out the window, then, using a T-shirt to cover his lower face, Hough entered the smoke-filled room and searched for the boy by feeling his way along the walls. After locating the boy in the crib, Hough picked him up and carried him to the window. He leaned through the window and dropped the boy to the arms of the other neighbor. Hough then exited the house through the window and descended to safety on the ladder. Flames spread quickly through much of the house. Hough and the boy were taken to the hospital, where they were treated for smoke inhalation, and Hough for minor cuts and bruises. They recovered.
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