William Craig Brisbane rescued Annika E. Backlund from burning, San Francisco, California, December 29, 1980. Miss Backlund, 23, was trapped on an eighth-floor balcony of an apartment building after being forced there by fire in a neighboring apartment. Brisbane, 32, transit operator, saw her, and from ground level, climbed the face of the building to the balcony below Miss Backlund. As flames and smoke issued from the adjoining apartment, Brisbane stood on the balcony’s railing, reached up, and guided Miss Backlund down to him. He then led her to safety through the seventh-floor apartment. Both were taken to a hospital and recovered from minor injuries and smoke inhalation.
57555 – 658957555-6589