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Name: James Raymond  
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Date of Birth: 15th May 1962
Place of Birth: Los Angeles, California, USA
Profession: Composer
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James Raymond (1915-1978), was a school custodian in Chicago, USA at the Our Lady of the Angels Catholic Church and School from 1945 to 1965. When a fire broke out at the school on December 1, 1958, Mr. Raymond was responsible for saving the lives of the students and teacher in one of the second floor classrooms. Four of his children in school that day also survived the fire.

James Raymond was born in Holland, Michigan and moved to Chicago in 1938. He married and began his job at the church and school in 1945.

Mr. Raymond was unjustly blamed for the fire (a boy confessed to starting the fire in 1962), and today there is an effort by survivors of the fire, led by the Friends of OLA organization, to have the Chicago city government pass a resolution proclaiming Mr. Raymond the true hero that he is. Also, there is a scholarship named for James Raymond awarded each year to a child of a Firefighter by Friends of OLA.

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