Thomas J. Dorr rescued Robert E. Miller from burning, Gambrills, Maryland, January 7, 2001. Miller, 85, who could not walk unaided, lay on the living room floor of his house after fire broke out in that room and filled it with dense smoke. At his home two doors away, Miller’s son-in-law, Dorr, 56, retired engineer, was alerted to the fire. Dorr ran to the burning house and entered the kitchen, where he used a telephone to call for help. Crouching, he then went 15 feet through a smoke-filled hall to the entrance to the living room. There, he went to his knees and crawled about five feet into the burning room to Miller, who lay about 12 feet from the flames. He grasped Miller by an ankle and pulled him from the living room, then through the hall and across the kitchen and a sun porch, where he helped get Miller to his feet. Miller sustained minor burns to his head, from which he recovered, and he and Dorr singed their hair.
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