Friends remembered: Philip Contreras

friends remembered
Philip Contreras

Philip Contreras, 55, of Riverside, Calif., died July 27, 2017.  Contreras was awarded the Carnegie Medal in 1988 after he saved a woman from a burning car on August 27, 1987 in Compton, Calif. Contreras responded to the scene of a highway accident and ran to a burning car, where a man, pinned in by his steering wheel, called for help.  Contreras entered the car with a piece of lumber, pried the steering wheel from the driver’s leg, and pulled him from the car moments before the vehicle’s fuel tank exploded.