Monday, April 8, 2013

1913 - Boy Risks life To Save Mother

The Washington Herald
April 8 1913

BOY TWICE RISKS LIFE
IN FIRE TO SAVE MOTHER
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Tries to Rescue Visitor, Too, but is
Driven Back by Flames and Woman Dies.

New York April 7--One woman was overcome and later died, another was rescued unconscious, by her son, when a fire early today destroyed a frame house at 971 Third Avenue, Brooklyn.

Frank Wood, seventeen, was carrying his mother down the smoke-filled stairs when he, too, nearly collapsed.  He placed her on the steps staggered down for fresh air, then ran back and completed the rescue.

After neighbors, who had been awakened, took charge of his mother, Frank returned for Mrs. Johnson.  He managed to get as far as the head of the steps, but realizing he would be overcome in another moment he came downstairs again.

The department arrived about that time and Mrs. Johnson was carried out by the firemen.  She was unconscious and died an hour later.

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