Steven E. Kidan saved Mary and Silvester Thomas from burning, New York, New York, April 3, 1968. At night fire broke out in a five-story building where Mrs. Mary Thomas, 83, and her husband, 85, were asleep in a third-floor apartment. Kidan, 24, taxi driver, and John Joseph Diamond were attracted by flames issuing from the fifth-floor windows. They entered the building, and on the third floor encountered dense smoke. Kidan went into the apartment occupied by the Thomases. In the bedroom there were flames on the ceiling, and the bedding was smoldering. Kidan lifted Mrs. Thomas from the bed and carried her into the hall, calling to Thomas to follow. A fireman met Kidan on the stairs and relieved him of Mrs. Thomas. Kidan returned to the third floor and found Thomas still in the burning apartment. Thomas resisted Kidan’s efforts to remove him. Kidan succeeded in taking him down the stairs, and a fireman aided in removing Thomas from the building.
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