Steven Allen Grimm rescued Melody R. Hullinger from burning, Mishawaka, Indiana, December 26, 1987. Melody, 10, lay unconscious on the floor in her smoke-filled bedroom as fire spread rapidly through her family’s mobile home. Visiting nearby, Steven, 17, high school student, ran to the scene and attempted to enter Melody’s bedroom window, but he was repelled by a burst of hot air as the ceiling partially collapsed. In a second attempt, Steven entered the room and crawled through the dense smoke toward Melody, whom he heard moaning. Locating her, he crawled back to the window and handed her to others outside, then exited himself moments before the room erupted in flames. Melody was hospitalized eight days for treatment of smoke inhalation and first-degree burns, and she recovered. Steven recovered from first-degree burns and smoke inhalation.
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