Sylvia Jean Mayberry saved Diane M. Carr from suffocation, Meadville, Pennsylvania, November 7, 1967. At night, fire broke out in the living room of a two-story frame dwelling in which Diane, 4, and her two sisters were asleep in an upstairs bedroom. Their brother occupied another second-floor room, and their mother was sleeping in a third bedroom, although the children thought she had gone out. Mrs. Mayberry, 27, housewife, who lived next door, noticed the flames and ran to the rear of the dwelling as Diane’s sisters emerged through the kitchen door. They told her that Diane and their brother were inside but that their mother was not at home. Mrs. Mayberry entered the burning house. Running through the dining room, into which the flames had spread, she reached an enclosed stairway, where she found Diane’s brother. After sending the boy out by way of the kitchen door, Mrs. Mayberry ran up the stairs. She went into a bedroom directly above the living room, the windows of which by then had been broken by the increasing flames. Mrs. Mayberry found Diane in the bedroom and carried her down the stairs. Passing within three feet of the spreading flames in the dining room, Mrs. Mayberry ran to the kitchen and emerged from the dwelling with Diane. Firemen soon arrived, and they removed the body of Diane’s mother, who had suffocated.
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