Sanford Harling III died attempting to rescue Sanford Harling, Jr., from burning, Norristown, Pennsylvania, February 5, 2016.
Sanford Harling, Jr., 58, who required the use of a walker, was on the second floor of his family’s duplex unit after fire broke out in the living room, on the first floor. He alerted family members, including his son, Sanford, 12, student of Norristown, who then fled the structure, but flames grew to block Harling’s access to the first floor.
Indicating to those outside the rear of the house that he was returning for his father, Sanford re-entered the structure through its back door.
Harling, meanwhile, went to a second-floor window on the side of the house and dropped from it to the ground, which was grassy there.
He sustained significant injury, which required hospitalization.
When conditions permitted, firefighters entered the house and found Sanford on the first floor. He had died of smoke inhalation and thermal burns.