Adam W. Lucas helped to save Lisa D. Ladd from burning, Sugar Hill, New Hampshire, September 6, 2008. Ladd, 54, was the driver and sole occupant of an automobile that left an interstate highway, struck an embankment, and rolled onto its passenger side. Fire erupted on the engine. Other motorists, including Lucas, 22, technical support specialist, stopped at the scene. Lucas approached the burning vehicle and reached through the open window of the driver’s door but was unsuccessful in freeing Ladd from her safety belt. Another motorist joined him at the burning car and with a special tool cut Ladd’s shoulder belt while Lucas supported her to keep her from dropping to the bottom of the vehicle. The other motorist then mounted the car, reached inside, and cut Ladd’s lap belt. The men maneuvered her from the vehicle moments before flames increased to engulf it. Ladd required hospitalization for treatment of her injuries, but she was not burned.
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