Friends remembered: Earl L. Zimmerman

Earl L. Zimmerman

Earl L. Zimmerman, 87, of Williamsville, N.Y., died Feb. 26, 2016.  As  Zimmerman, 23, was pulling the unconscious driver of a wrecked truck from its cab on March 15, 1951, gasoline from one of the truck’s tanks, which was ruptured,  ignited, followed by the exploding of a second fuel tank.  Both men’s clothing was ignited, but Zimmerman took the driver to the pavement, landing amid flames.  He and the driver, who was reviving, then crawled away.  The driver died of severe burns, and Zimmerman was hospitalized four months for treatment of burns, up to third-degree, to his hands, arms, face, and legs.  He was awarded the medal by the Hero Fund in 1952 and also given the American Legion Award for Outstanding Heroism.  Zimmerman served in the U.S. Marines during World War II.