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Beverly Hills "hero" has wake; awaits burial

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ST. BERNARD, OH (FOX19) -

About thirty people attended a wake at Imwalle Memorial Funeral Home in St. Bernard Monday for Willie Snow.

Snow died in August but his body has been kept at the Hamilton County morgue pending release to a family member. When one didn't come forward to claim the body, Snow was declared "indigent" by the state of Ohio and faced a pauper's burial.

The former kitchen manager is credited with saving several lives and pulling dozens of bodies out of the burning Beverly Hills Supper Club in May 1977.

"Willie crawled on his stomach because of the smoke and everything. Crawled on his stomach, went inside to try and help people out," said Isaac Johnson, Jr., who attended Snow's wake.

"He actually deserved a statue as far as I'm concerned. That's how good of a guy he was," said former co-worker, Joan Vandergriff.

Snow's funeral arrangements are being donated by Imwalle, Vine Street Hill Cemetery and several other vendors.

He will be laid to rest Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Vine Street Hill Cemetery.

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