Sylvester Burnett rescued Benjamin D. Steele from burning, Dallas, Texas, November 29, 1978. When fire broke out in the middle bedroom of a one-story frame dwelling, Benjamin, 2, was left in the rear bedroom when the other occupants fled. In heavy smoke, Burnett, 39, carpenter, entered the front bedroom via an outside door and, on his second try, reached the rear bedroom. He handed Benjamin out a small window and, with some difficulty as conditions worsened, made his way back out of the house, which soon was totally afire. Benjamin recovered from his burns.
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