Ted L. Davis saved Steven W. Parker from suffocation, Birdsboro, Pennsylvania May 25, 1970. Steven, a 15-year-old invalid, was asleep in his bedroom in a one-story frame dwelling when fire broke out in the kitchen. The flames spread rapidly on the wood paneling and soon broke through the roof. Among those attracted were Davis, state policeman, 26, and another officer. They kicked open the front door but found their path blocked by flames. The fire had spread to all rooms except Steven’s bedroom, where they broke the glass in a window. Davis then climbed into the bedroom. Heat was intense and the smoke so dense that he could see nothing. After two attempts to find the bed, each time being forced to return to the window for air, Davis was given a dampened towel. With it over his nose and mouth he crawled to the bed. Although experiencing acute chest tightness, he dragged the bed to the window and then handed Steven to persons outside. Davis climbed out, nauseated by the smoke. Both Steven and Davis were removed to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation, from which they recovered.
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