Anh Nguyen rescued Timothy M. Stein from burning, Mount Gilead, Ohio, June 28, 2000. Stein, 32, was semiconscious in the driver’s seat of a van after a highway accident in which the vehicle came to rest atop a car in a wooded area off the highway, then caught fire. Alerted to the accident, Nguyen, 30, state trooper, responded to the scene, where he climbed onto the car to gain access to the van’s passenger door. After using a fire extinguisher against flames that had entered the van through its dashboard and console, Nguyen unlocked and opened the passenger door, then entered the van. He released Stein’s safety belt, then grasped Stein and backed out of the van with him. They fell to the ground, where others assisted in dragging Stein away from the van, the interior of which was soon engulfed by flames. Stein was hospitalized for treatment of burns to his legs and an arm and other injuries.
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