W. Louis Campbell, 16, schoolboy, helped to save Douglas R. Peterson, 5, from burning, Campo, California, February 13, 1965. When fire broke out at night in a frame ranch house, Campbell, Larry K. Collie, and a man a- wakened a number of boys who were sleeping in the main room. Campbell took out two of the boys and then roused others sleeping outside, while Collie and the man removed the rest of the boys. It then was discovered that Douglas was missing. By that time flames covered the rear of the ranch house and were spreading on the roof. Campbell and Collie, clad only in underwear, ran to the front door. They entered the building and crawled 35 feet about the main room, keeping beneath the dense smoke. They moved to within two feet of the flames as they searched but failed to find Douglas. Pieces of the roof began falling. Campbell and Collie crawled into the adjoining room, flames on the doorway singeing the hair of their arms. The rear wall and parts of the side walls were afire. Noting something on the floor near the far corner of the room, Campbell and Collie crawled to it and found Douglas in his sleeping bag. As they dragged Douglas about 20 feet to the main room and thence to the front door, rifle shells in the room began exploding from the heat. Campbell and Collie crawled out of the building with Douglas. The rear of the roof then collapsed, and seconds later the rest of the roof caved in. Within 30 minutes the ranch house had burned to the ground.
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