Willie C. Hicks saved Janarvis Ash from burning, Quincy, Florida, October 27, 1990. Janarvis, 1, was in a bedroom of her family’s second-floor apartment when fire erupted in a bedroom across the hall. In a neighboring building, Hicks, 35, farm laborer, saw smoke and responded to the scene, where he learned that Janarvis was inside the burning apartment. Hicks immediately entered the unit and crawled through dense smoke in the hall to reach the bedroom in the opposite end of the apartment containing Janarvis. Finding her, he wrapped her in a towel, then returned through the hall to the outside with her. Both Janarvis and Hicks recovered from minor effects of the fire.
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